Zahid: Rela man be­hind sale of hon­orary ranks iden­ti­fied

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PUTRAJAYA: The Home Min­istry has iden­ti­fied a Peo­ple’s Vol­un­teer Corps (Rela) of­fi­cer who “sells” hon­orary ranks to the pub­lic.

Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Dr Ah­mad Zahid Hamidi said the hon­orary ranks were sold be­tween RM10,000 and RM30,000 each.

“The man is from a south­ern state. It is be­lieved that he has been sell­ing hon­orary ranks in Sabah.

“There have been 20 such cases. One of the buy­ers made a re­port at the Rela head­quar­ters. We have the re­ceipts as ev­i­dence.

“It is an of­fence to sell hon­orary ranks as they can only be con­ferred on an in­di­vid­ual based on his qual­i­fi­ca­tions and upon ap­proval from the Rela com­mit­tee,” Zahid said at the min­istry’s monthly assem­bly yes­ter­day.

He said the min­istry was wait­ing for the com­plainant to lodge a po­lice re­port so ac­tion could be taken against the cul­prit.

He urged the pub­lic to lodge re­ports if they were of­fered Rela hon­orary ranks.

At the event, Zahid launched the Im­mi­gra­tion De­part­ment’s new au­thor­ity card and pocket badge.

The au­thor­ity card, known as the Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion Man­age­ment Sys­tem, comes with im­proved se­cu­rity fea­tures to com­bat im­per­son­ation of Im­mi­gra­tion of­fi­cers and du­pli­ca­tion of au­thor­ity cards.

It is an of­fence to sell hon­orary ranks as it can only be con­ferred on an in­di­vid­ual based on his qual­i­fi­ca­tions...

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