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Even a three years child cannot accept 10 times difference in price for a product sourced from a same supplier.

Training? The supplier has to provide same training to US and Malaysia enforcement agencies.

OK, let assume Malaysia public servants need extra training to install and operate high-tech cameras.

An hour on the job training is sufficient for any adult to install camera, download photo and write the details on the summons. RM 1000 per head is already too expensive, but let take it as Bodohland’s training cost.

Maintenance? Both buyers have to do the same maintenance.

The only variance is transportation cost. Let give extra USD 500 for air shipping cost. The cost variance should not more than USD 1000 per unit.

BN is corrupt to the core, by right the opposition should be able to topple BN government easily.

Unfortunately, Malaysia opposition is competing with BN on who is less corrupt and evil, not on who is more clean and effective.

Another reason is most Malaysians cannot think for themselves, and those can think feel too frustrated to see both sides are evils.

Speed cameras on price radar
Posted on 22 November 2012 – 10:34pm

Hemananthani Sivanandam

KUALA LUMPUR (Nov 22, 2012): The cost of speed detection cameras, more than 10 times its original price, as pointed out by an opposition MP, is due to other costs such as, training for the police, a two-year warranty period and maintenance costs.

Deputy Home Minister Datuk Abu Seman Yusop, during the ministry’s winding-up debate of Budget 2013, explained to Datuk Mahfuz Omar (PAS-Pokok Sena) that he should not compare the cost of the laser cameras supplied to governments of three states in the United States of America to the cost quoted to the Malaysian government.

Mahfuz, however, responded by saying that the cost quoted by suppliers in the US also included warranty and maintenance of the per unit price offered.

“We can’t possibly say that it costs about RM170,000 and RM233,000 per unit because it includes training. Surely, training is not worth more than RM100,000 per unit?

“It just does not make sense that training to use a camera costing RM15,000 to RM18,000 per unit is RM100,000.

“How were the procurements made? Was it through open tender?” he asked.

Abu Seman replied: “The cost there and here is different,” without elaborating much further. He did, however, add that the procurement of the cameras were through open tender.

Mahfuz then urged the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission and the Public Accounts Committee to investigate the matter. To this, Abu Seman said he will inform Mahfuz of the identity of the contractor who won the bid.

Earlier in the House, Mahfuz questioned why the government purchased 85 units of Laser Digicam for RM173,925 a unit and 39 units of Laser Trucam for RM223,500.

He pointed this out based on a written reply to Mohd Firdaus Jaafar (PAS-Jerai) on Monday.

The written reply stated the police have acquired speed detection cameras in stages since 1995. The total number of cameras procured to date is 124 units.

Mahfuz then cited quotations made to the state of Delaware, Idaho and Montana between Oct 2011 and Jan 2012.

“In Idaho, the price is around US$5,000 (RM15,302) for the Laser Trucam unit, which includes accessories, warranty and service.

“If we convert it to Malaysian Ringgit, it should only be around RM15,000 but we paid RM223,500 for the Laser Trucam,” he said.

“In 2011 in Delaware, the Laser Trucam was offered at US$6,378 (RM19,519) and in Montana, it was offered at US$4,995 (RM15,287), so how is it that there is such a vast price difference,” he questioned.

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