No issue of breach of privacy in use of body cams, says MACC

MACC chief Latheefa Koya says the use of the body cameras is necessary for transparency and it can raise suspicions if they are found to be not functioning.

MELAKA: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has lauded the use of body cameras by enforcement officers such as the police, immigration and customs to tackle abuse of power and corruption.

MACC chief commissioner Latheefa Koya said the use of the body cameras has nothing to do with human rights because transparency involved the basic rights of all.

“There is no issue of breach of privacy or basic rights.

“The enforcement personnel must ensure the body cam is functioning at all times when on duty, and measures, such as disciplinary action, will be taken if they did not function,’’ she told reporters after attending a South Zone Students Anti-Corruption Convention (KoMawaR), which was launched by Chief Minister Adly Zahari at Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka here today.

Latheefa said the use of the body cameras was necessary for greater transparency and it could raise suspicions if they were found to be not functioning.

She said that a body camera could not only protect the public but also the police personnel on duty if libel or accusations cropped up.

Latheefa Koya.

On Sept 19, Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad said that the government had agreed to implement the use of body cameras for law enforcement officers to overcome issues of misconduct.

He said in Putrajaya that the proposal for the use of the body cameras had been accepted as there had been various allegations of misconduct by officers on duty, such as beating the person being investigated.

“The officer on duty will wear body cameras, and when he or the client (person being investigated) talks, it will be captured on the camera.

“We can see what the officer is doing to the client,” he told reporters after chairing a meeting of the Special Cabinet Committee on Anti-Corruption.