New vol­un­tary pa­trol unit for Pe­nang

> Re­places PPS out­lawed by Home Min­istry last year

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS - BY LEE HOOI BOON

BUKIT MERTAJAM: The Pe­nang gov­ern­ment has launched a new vol­un­teer unit called Vol­un­tary Pa­trol Body (BPS) to re­place its out­lawed Vol­un­tary Pa­trol Unit (PPS).

Pe­nang Wel­fare, Car­ing So­ci­ety, Health and En­vi­ron­ment Com­mit­tee chair­man Phee Boon Poh said BPS was formed un­der the Wel­fare, Unity and Com­mu­nity Re­la­tions Bureau of the Vil­lage De­vel­op­ment and Se­cu­rity Com­mit­tee (JKKK).

He said the pur­pose of BPS is to look af­ter the safety and se­cu­rity in each lo­cal­ity that it cov­ered and also to as­sist the pub­lic dur­ing res­cue and emer­gency sit­u­a­tions.

“Cur­rently, BPS has been set up in 40 ar­eas of the leg­isla­tive assem­bly (Kadun) in the state. The state gov­ern­ment has also al­lo­cated RM30,000 for each Kadun to set up its BPS.

“This time, we have sub­mit­ted all ap­pli­cants’ in­for­ma­tion to po­lice to be vet­ted be­fore they are ac­cepted as BPS mem­bers,” he said af­ter Chief Min­is­ter Lim Guan Eng launched the unit yes­ter­day.

There are cur­rently 607 BPS mem­bers in Pe­nang.

Phee said the num­ber is ex­pected to in­crease af­ter the launch, adding that there was no truth in claims that for­mer PPS mem­bers were afraid of par­tic­i­pat­ing in BPS.

Lim said ac­cu­sa­tions made against PPS, claim­ing that its mem­bers did not have dis­ci­pline, were un­founded and base­less.

Lim said BPS is a clean and dis­ci­plined unit to en­sure safety and har­mony in the state.

PPS, formed in 2011 by the Pe­nang state exco to fight crime and help with vol­un­tary work, had about 9,000 mem­bers. It was de­clared il­le­gal by the Home Min­istry in Novem­ber last year and the state gov­ern­ment later chal­lenged the ban in court.

The Pe­nang High Court sub­se­quently re­jected the state gov­ern­ment’s ap­pli­ca­tion to re­view the Home Min­istry ban.

The fi­nal stage chal­lenge be­tween Slash Ro­botic Club and Segi Col­lege Pe­nang Team A at the myMaker Ro­bot­ics Chal­lenge 2016 in Cy­ber­jaya yes­ter­day.

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