RE­PORT LODGED OVER SALE OF RELA RANKS

Those who paid for hon­orary ranks urged to aid po­lice in in­ves­ti­ga­tions

New Straits Times - - News -

FAREZZA HANUM RASHID KUALA LUMPUR news@nst.com.my

PEO­PLE’S Vol­un­teer Corps (Rela) di­rec­tor­gen­eral Zulk­i­fli Abidin has lodged a po­lice re­port against one of his mem­bers for al­legedly sell­ing hon­orary ranks to some 20 peo­ple.

He is urg­ing those who paid for the hon­orary ranks to come for­ward to as­sist po­lice in their in­ves­ti­ga­tions and to lodge re­ports as well.

This fol­lows Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Dr Ah­mad Zahid Hamidi’s rev­e­la­tion that a Rela mem­ber had been sell­ing hon­orary ranks for be­tween RM10,000 and RM30,000 each.

Zulk­i­fli told the New Straits Times yes­ter­day that he had lodged the po­lice re­port on be­half of Rela, em­pha­sis­ing that it was not the corps’s prac­tice to sell ranks, hon­orary or oth­er­wise.

He said what was most im­por­tant now was for those who had paid for the hon­orary ranks to come for­ward to lodge re­ports or as­sist po­lice in in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

Zulk­i­fli said he was not sure whether those who had paid for the ranks had come for­ward or not af­ter Zahid ad­vised them to do so on Thurs­day.

“The Rela head­quar­ters has re­ceived com­plaints on the mat­ter but those in­volved have to re­port in­di­vid­u­ally (to po­lice),” he added.

In­ter­nally, Zulk­i­fli said, Rela would look into its stan­dard op­er­at­ing pro­ce­dures (SOP) to see whether im­prove­ments were needed in its rank award­ing process.

“As it is, the process is al­ready a strong one. Rela hon­orary ranks are only given af­ter a com­mit­tee de­ter­mines the el­i­gi­bil­ity of an in­di­vid­ual based on his con­tri­bu­tion to the coun­try, so­ci­ety and Rela it­self.

“The last stage would be the ap­proval of the deputy prime min­is­ter, who is also the home min­is­ter,” he said.

Zulk­i­fli ad­vised the peo­ple to be wary and not fall prey to any­one of­fer­ing to sell them hon­orary ranks.

“I would like to stress that hon­orary ranks are awarded based on one’s con­tri­bu­tions... it is not a busi­ness,” he said.

Zulk­i­fli said the case of the Rela mem­ber who sold hon­orary ranks took place in Sabah and was be­lieved to be an iso­lated case.

PIC BY ABD RAHIM RAHMAT

Rela di­rec­tor-gen­eral Zulk­i­fli Abidin says those in­volved should lodge their own re­ports.

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