Body cameras will enhance efficiency, says Muhyiddin

The prime minister has given the green light for enforcement officers to be fitted with body cameras.

NEW YORK: The use of body cameras by law enforcement officers such as police, immigration and customs will enhance their effectiveness in carrying out their duties in handling the public as the frontliners.

Home Minister Muhyiddin Yassin saw the move as a good thing and hoped it would be well received by the enforcement officers.

“I was informed that these camera have been used in many countries. It is not aimed at finding fault with the enforcers, such as police, immigration or customs,” he said.

Muhyiddin was commenting on the government’s agreement to implement the use of body cameras to address issues of misconduct, including corruption.

The announcement was made by Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad after chairing a meeting of the special Cabinet Committee on Anti-Corruption yesterday.

In addition, Muhyiddin said the relevant agencies under his ministry would study the matter and report to the government before the Cabinet decides on how and when the proposal could be implemented.

“It will cost us a lot of money. But what is good here is that the prime minister himself has made the announcement. Perhaps, he will give support to us (in terms of the equipment provision),” said Muhyiddin.