IGP questions budget for CCTVs at high-risk schools

fuzi-cctv-schoolKUALA LUMPUR: Inspector-General of Police Mohamad Fuzi Harun today questioned the budget allocated by the education ministry for its plans to instal CCTV cameras for security and crime surveillance at high-risk schools.

He said he supported the move but suggested that the ministry consider the financial aspects of the installation.

“We support this step and believe it is a good move, but financially, we believe the education ministry needs to think about it.

“Do they have the funds to carry it out?” he said at a press conference after launching the new Aseanapol Secretariat office at Dewan Tun Abdul Razak here.

The education ministry is reportedly identifying schools that are at high risk for crime and which require CCTV surveillance to monitor criminal acts.

Deputy Education Minister P Kamalanathan said yesterday that the finalised list would be announced at a later date.

He also acknowledged the suggestion from the National Union of the Teaching Profession (NUTP) for the cameras to be installed in public places to avoid infringing on the privacy of teachers and students.

“The installation of these CCTVs is not an easy matter and cannot be done at will. It needs thorough discussions with the school and PIBGs (parents-teachers associations) before being implemented,” he added.

Fuzi did not comment on how many high-risk schools would receive CCTV surveillance.

He said the police had been assigned to monitor schools but were finding it difficult due to a shortage of manpower.

“We do have a communications officer at each school, as the education ministry also wants us to manage schools nationwide.

“It is difficult to permanently assign a communications officer at every school as we lack the manpower in several areas.”