Errant Rela man to be sacked

PUTRAJAYA: The Volunteer Reserve Corps (Rela) member who is said to have taken a photograph of a woman urinating in a truck during an anti-vice raid in Kuala Lumpur last month will be sacked for indiscipline. 

Rela director-general Datuk Hamzah Abdullah said the man did not deserve a second chance because he had tarnished the image of the corps and had breached discipline by taking part in the March 21 operation under the name of Rela without authorisation. 

“Rela cannot be held responsible for his action because at that time he was acting in his personal capacity,” Hamzah told reporters after attending the Home Ministry’s monthly gathering yesterday. 

He said the Federal Territory Religious Department (Jawi) which conducted the raid had not requested for help from Rela. 

During the operation, several women were picked up from a nightspot in Jalan Imbi. 

GENEROUS DONATION: Abdullah receiving a mock cheque from Datuk Ong Chin Choon (centre) donated by the Civil Defence Malaysia Association of Associate Officers for the Iraq Humanitarian Fund in Putrajaya Tuesday. Looking on is Civil Defence director-general Datuk Shafee Abu Bakar (left).

One of them had claimed that she was not allowed to use the toilet when she needed to and was told instead to just ease herself in the truck. 

Speaking to reporters after the gathering, Acting Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said there would be no cover-up of investigations on police personnel, including senior officers, alleged to have been involved in undesirable activities. 

“That is what is expected by the public,” he said when commenting on cases where police officers were reported to have been involved in activities that could tarnish the image of the force.  

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