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Rela to be monitored

KOTA BARU, 4 March 2009: Besides the police and other enforcement agencies, Rela (People’s Volunteer Corps) will also come under the purview of the Enforcement Agencies Integrity Commission, a bill for which will be tabled in Parliament soon.

Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar said the significance of putting Rela under the commission’s jurisdiction was to raise the quality of Rela’s services in safeguarding the country’s security and stability.

“The bill on the commission, to be tabled in Parliament this month, is aimed at addressing public complaints against enforcement agencies, a measure to improve the public service delivery system.

“It is also an approach by the government to improve the country’s administration, hence creating public confidence in its seriousness in achieving good governance,” he told reporters after a dialogue with Kelantan Rela members today.

On another matter, Syed Hamid urged employers who wish to recruit workers, especially as security guards, to give preference to qualified Rela members instead of foreign workers.

He said Rela now had more than 500,000 members throughout the country who were trained in providing security.

“If they (employers) want, we can give the names of Rela members who are interested and qualified to become security guards so that we can reduce the recruitment of foreign workers,” he added. — Bernama


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