‘All security groups must be registered’
> Nur Jazlan: Penang must abide by ruling over setting up of volunteer patrol unit
KUALA LUMPUR: Any group performing security related roles must be registered and regulated by the federal government.
In stating this, Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed ( pix) urged the Penang state government to abide by the letter of law served to the state on the matter.
“Whether it is a non-governmental organisation or a government-linked organisation, in order to perform security related work or roles, it must be registered under the Home Ministry.
“This is to prevent abuse of power and position.
“They might be involved in any unethical or illegal activity. For example, there is a risk of them abusing their (authority) to extort money from the public,” he told theSun.
On Sunday, the Penang government launched a new volunteer unit called Voluntary Patrol Body (BPS) to replace its Voluntary Patrol Unit (PPS), which was banned in November last year.
BPS is formed under the Welfare, Unity and Community Relations Bureau of the Village Development and Security Committee to look after safety and security in its respective localities.
It is also to assist the public during rescue and emergency situations.
“Why is the state government so adamant? And now they are trying to circumvent the law.
“If its terms of reference is to perform security roles, then there is no other way. It must be registered and regulated under the Home Ministry,” Nur Jazlan said.
He reiterated that any security related group has to come under the federal government and added that even community policing is under the police.
Nur Jazlan did not rule out the possibility of BPS members being arrested for operating without registering with the ministry.
However, Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng had said before being accepted as BPS members, the state had submitted all applicants’ information to the police.
BPS has reportedly been set up in 40 areas of the legislative assembly in the state, with RM30,000 allocated to each area.
There are currently 607 BPS members.