Body cameras will enhance efficiency — Muhyiddin

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NEW YORK (Sept 20): The use of body cameras by law enforcement officers such as police, Immigration and Customs will enhance the effectiveness in carrying out their duties when handling the public as front-liners.

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

“I was informed that this camera has been used in many countries. It is not aimed at finding fault of the enforcers such as police, Immigration or Customs officers,” 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 Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad after chairing a meeting of special Cabinet Committee on Anti-Corruption yesterday.

In addition, Muhyiddin said the relevant agencies under his Ministry will study the matter to report to the Government before the Cabinet to decide on how and when the proposal would be implemented.

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