Ready to lend a hand


JOHOR BARU: The Malaysian Volunteer Corps (Rela) is always prepared to lend a hand to ensure the public complies with standard operating procedures (SOP) during the recovery movement control order (MCO).

Johor Rela director Md Shah Rizal Zainal said the agency had been working closely with the police, state Health Department and local authorities in conducting patrol and enforcement operations since March this year.

“We have about 180,000 registered members in the state and our focus is currently on the state border and entry points to Johor, aside from the usual routine patrol with other agencies.

“We are also ready to mobilise, depending on orders by the National Security Council (NSC) or Health Ministry, in any field that we can provide our service as well,” he said when contacted here on Tuesday.

Md Shah Rizal also said Rela personnel had undergone the necessary training to provide help and support to the public and other agencies.

“The agency has been given the authority by the ministry to conduct general health screening on the public aside from crowd control at certain locations.

“Maintaining SOP has always been our objective and so far, we have performed the task well,” he said, adding that the agency was also prepared to go all out if the government decided to introduce the enhanced MCO again.

Meanwhile, on another matter, Md Shah Rizal said Rela was also working closely with the Fire and Rescue Department and Civil Defence Force in rescue works involving flood victims during monsoon season.

“This has been one of our annual tasks as we are one of the agencies under the Johor Disaster Management Committee,” he said.

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