KUALA LUMPUR: The government will spend RM73 million to install video surveillance equipment in 756 police lock-ups across the country.
Liew Vui Keong, de facto law minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, said the amount is part of a RM126 million budget approved for the improvement of police facilities.
The move was welcomed by Inspector-General of Police Abdul Hamid Bador, saying it would make it easier to find out the culprit in cases of deaths and abuse in custody.
“All this while, my officers have been exposed to slander.
“In cases of death in police custody, a lot of them were due to illnesses detainees were suffering from,” he said.
“But the accusations were that my men had beaten them,” he added.
The move closely follows the announcement by Dr Mahathir Mohamad yesterday that enforcement officers including policemen would be required to wear body cameras.
“We want to know if a person is assaulted. There will be denials, but when we have camera footage, we will know,” the prime minister said after chairing a Special Cabinet Committee on Anti-Corruption yesterday.
Meanwhile, Liew said closed-circuit television (CCTV) would also be installed in court lock-ups to ensure safety of police officers accompanying detainees.
“This also involves the safety of judges and other officers who carry out their duties at the court,” he told reporters after a working visit to the Central Brigade Camp of the General Operations Forces (PGA).
Liew also said RM100 million has been allocated to upgrade 210 lift facilities in police quarters and offices this year.
“I was told there are buildings nine or 10 storeys high with lifts that are not functioning,” he said.