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PDRM Officers Will Be Getting Body Cams, But Specifications Not Decided Yet

NewsPDRM Officers Will Be Getting Body Cams, But Specifications Not Decided Yet

The Home Ministry has approved the acquisition of 2,040 body cameras to be worn by the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) officers in 85 locations in the country.

However, it was reported that the specifications and cost of the equipment has not yet been finalised.

The Home Minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainuddin said this in response to a question raised by the Kepong Member of Parliament (MP) Lim Lip Eng on Thursday (2 December).

Source: FMT

“A total of 2,040 units of body cameras will be purchased and distributed to 85 locations covering police stations, district police headquarters, contingent police headquarters and Bukit Aman police headquarters.” Hamzah said, according to Malay Mail.

He added that the procurement will be done through an open tender through the ePerolehan system to all eligible suppliers.

Source: FMT

Meanwhile, he assured that the products will be of high quality and there is a requirement for artificial intelligence technology, as well as be capability of “live” video streaming and meet SIRIM standards.

During the Parliament session, Lim had asked the minister for details on the status of the body cameras that had been allocated under the 12th Malaysia Plan, including the number of units, the model to be used, and the breakdown of the cost.

In May, PDRM had asked the Home Ministry to expedite the tender offer process for the procurement of body cameras for its field officers.

The government had previously approved an allocation of RM30 million for the body cameras under the 12MP.

According to former prime minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, the body cameras will protect police personnel from defamation, amid growing public scrutiny on alleged abuses by some officers and deaths in custody.

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