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Joint enforcement operations in KL – unbelievably, this is the first time ever!

As a result of the recent attention given by Prime Minister Najib, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Dept. Nazri, Federal Territories Minister Raja Nong Chik and 2nd Finance Minister Husni, the various agencies have gotten on their toes and have started a joint enforcement operation in KL.

The operation is described in these two articles:

The Star – Joint operation targets traffic offenders

City Hall security and enforcement department deputy director Mohd Sauffi Muhamad said the DBKL would have more such joint operations with the government agencies in future.

“The DBKL and the agencies have their own jurisdictions.

“If the DBKL worked alone, we cannot do much.

“For instance, the DBKL can not issue compound notices to those with no permits or licenses.

“This is where the CVLB comes into the picture. Working together, the operation is more effective,” said Mohd Sauffi .

Mohd Sauffi added that buses were not allowed to wait by the road side for passengers as it caused a traffic obstruction.

“Buses should pick up and drop passengers at the designated bus stops. If they stop to wait for passengers, other buses and taxis will follow suit and this creates a jam in the area.

“If everyone followed the rules, then we wouldn’t have much congestion on the road,” he said.


Thank you to Mohd Sauffi Muhamad for his simple assessment of the situation. Please, follow the rules, do not be self centred or selfish or kiasu on our roads.

But his comments also show us one of the serious problems that exists – the application of various levels of division in our government bureaucracy.

Clearly, government agencies and enforcement officers can work together – but only for a short time and only when there is a lot of pressure from above.

For the long term, we have to change the structure and responsibilities of these government agencies so we can make it clearer and easier for them to do their jobs.

The Malay Mail – Authorities join forces in traffic ops

In a two-hour operation against public and commercial vehicles obstructing traffic in the city, the Road Transport Department (RTD), City Hall, the Commercial Vehicles Licensing Board (CVLB), Kuala Lumpur traffic police and the Department of Environment issued 87 notices and compounds along Jalan Tun Tan Siew Sin, Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, Jalan Tun H.S. Lee, Leboh Pudu, Jalan Pudu and Jalan Sultan Mohamad yesterday.

From that, 54 summonses were issued by City Hall, – 42 for parking on yellow lines, 11 for obstructing traffic and one for not following the road sign.

The traffic police issued 15 summonses, while CVLB issued eight compounds for bus drivers who were operating beyond their permitted areas and to taxi drivers who were operating with expired permits.

RTD compounded bus drivers who failed to produce the public service vehicle permit and taxis which failed to comply with tinting regulations.

This first-of-its-kind operation was conducted by 74 officers from the various agencies.


As above, it is clear that government agencies can do the job.  Now the question is, how can we ensure that these operations will continue and continue until these problems are rooted out once and for all?

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