‘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.

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