Did PDRM just install CCTV cameras at all toll booths to catch motorists committing traffic offences?!
Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!
Claim : PDRM Just Installed CCTV Cameras At All Toll Booths!
People are sharing a WhatsApp voice message of a woman who claims that the PDRM just installed CCTV cameras at all toll booths to catch motorists committing crimes, so they can issue fines.
Here is my English translation of the original message.
Some people are also sharing this version in Chinese :
Truth : PDRM Did Not Install CCTV Cameras At Any Toll Booth!
This is another example of FAKE NEWS circulating on WhatsApp, and here are the reasons why…
Fact #1 : Highway Operators Installed Those CCTVs
Highway operators like PLUS install CCTVs at their toll booths to monitor operations, and safety issues. As they explained in 2018 :
Fact #2 : PLUS Denied The Claim
PLUS Expressways Berhad – the largest highway concessionaire in Malaysia confirmed in 2018 that PDRM is not using their CCTV cameras to catch traffic offenders :
The CCTV recordings may be shared with the PDRM in the cases of accidents, but otherwise, highway operators do not share them with the police.
Fact #3 : There Are CCTVs All Along Highways
CCTV cameras are not just installed at toll booths. They are actually installed at many points along highways in Malaysia.
PLUS, for example, installed 2,000 CCTV cameras along their highways. You can even view some of those CCTV feeds using the PLUS app!
Fact #4 : This Hoax Has Been Circulating Since 2017
This voice message started circulating in August 2017, and has been resurrected several times in the past few years. It was fake in 2017, and it remains fake today, in 2022.
Fact #5 : PDRM Can Catch You At Any Time
Police officers can catch traffic offenders at any time. They do not have to rely on toll booth cameras.
Even though this is a hoax, you should always wear a seatbelt, and you should never use your mobile phone while driving.
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