AES concession firms made RM129 mil over 6 years

Transport Minister Anthony Loke Siew Fook says the amount paid to ATES Sdn Bhd and Beta Tegap Sdn Bhd by the government is based on a two-tier contracted deal.

PETALING JAYA: The two companies operating the Automated Enforcement System (AES) made RM129 million over the six years since it was introduced in 2012 up to May this year.

Transport Minister Anthony Loke Siew Fook said the amount was paid to ATES Sdn Bhd and Beta Tegap Sdn Bhd by the government based on a two-tier contracted deal.

He said that based on tier-1, the companies would receive RM16 each on every traffic summons issued by the government and RM150 under tier-2.

“For tier-1, they were paid RM60.2 million and RM68.8 million for tier-2,” he said today.

Last Friday, Loke announced that all the 3.1 million outstanding AES traffic summonses with a total value of RM435 million had been written off.

The scheme will be taken over fully by the Road Transport Department (JPJ) from Sept 1, after the government decided not to renew the contract with Beta Tegap and ATES.

Loke dismissed criticisms that the government lost a source of revenue by cancelling all outstanding AES summonses.

He said collections from the summonses would have gone to the two companies based on the AES contract.

“The contract signed by the previous government was lopsided in favour of the companies,” he said.

Loke also said the new Pakatan Harapan (PH) government also found the privatisation of the AES unacceptable.

“Based on all these reasons, the government decided to write off all the outstanding summonses to resolve the AES issue that has dragged on for six years without any settlement,” he added.

Loke also questioned what investment the two companies had put into the scheme.

“They collected RM129 million over six years, but what was their investment? So far, there are only 38 cameras in operational condition, seven cameras in the process of activation, and two being installed.

“The total is 47 cameras. I understand the most expensive camera costs RM250,000. That means their total investment is about RM10 million, but they received RM129 million.

“Whatever investment they have put in has already been recouped and they reaped far more in profit,” he said.

Loke also revealed that the shareholders of ATES are Traffen Force Sdn Bhd and Commercial Circle (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd while Beta Tegap is owned jointly by Dr Andreas Teoh, Mohd Yunos Othman, Rozana Redzuan, Jeneral (Rtd) Nik Ismail Nik Mohamed and Yap Kim See @ Yap Ai Lin.