Ha­jiji hands over RELA Dis­as­ter Re­lief Fund

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TUARAN: Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment and Hous­ing Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Hj Ha­jiji Hj Noor handed over a mock cheque for RM8,300 to Sabah RELA di­rec­tor Mo­ham­mad Pauzi Jhu­mat at the Sabah RELA Train­ing Cen­ter on Tues­day.

The amount was for the RELA Dis­as­ter Re­lief Fund in Kedah and Pe­nang. It was the col­lec­tive ef­fort of RELA as­so­ci­ated mem­bers led by Lieu­tenant Colonel Dato Wong CF.

Haiji, who is also Su­la­man assem­bly­man, was at the cen­ter sit­u­ated in his con­stituency for the clos­ing of the 12/2017 Ba­sic RELA Train­ing Course at­tended by 187 RELA mem­bers from through­out the State.

In his speech, the min­is­ter said since its in­cep­tion 45 years ago in 1972 in Kuala Lumpur, RELA had come a long way. Orig­i­nally known as Ikatan Relawan Rakyat Malaysia or Peo­ple’s Vol­un­teer Corps, it has since been up­graded to a full depart­ment, Ja­batan Sukarelawan Malaysia.

Ha­jiji said the up­grad­ing showed the gov­ern­ment’s ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the ef­forts and sac­ri­fices of the RELA mem­bers who are not paid salaries, adding that was why the gov­ern­ment had al­lo­cated RM250 mil­lion for RELA un­der the 2018 Bud­get.

“The use­ful­ness of RELA has time and again been proven, es­pe­cially dur­ing emer­gen­cies and nat­u­ral dis­as­ters like floods and earth­quakes.

“Their use­ful­ness has now gained mo­men­tum with the Deputy Prime Min­is­ter as­sign­ing them to new du­ties as­sist­ing the se­cu­rity forces like Esscom at Esszone,” he pointed out.

Ear­lier, Sabah RELA di­rec­tor Mo­ham­mad Pauzi said 50 RELA mem­bers from each district have been se­lected from each district to as­sist in the 10 Esszone dis­tricts.

“The se­cu­rity forces will be at the fore­front while RELA mem­bers will be with the lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties,” he ex­plained.

He added that at present there are 292,000 RELA mem­bers in Sabah.

Ha­jiji hand­ing over cheque to Mo­ham­mad Pauzi while Wong (sec­ond right) looks on.

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