No firearms for Rela men with hot temper

  • Nation
  • Monday, 29 Dec 2003

IPOH: Rela members who are quick-tempered and cannot take the pressure of their work will not be allowed to hold or use firearms when the Home Ministry reviews its selection procedures. 

Deputy Minister Datuk Zainal Abidin Zin said Rela members allowed to carry firearms were selected after a thorough study of the candidates. 

“This assessment and selection process will now be reviewed. 

“Those found to be hot-tempered and cannot stand any pressure will not be allowed to hold firearms,” he told reporters after chairing the Perak Umno election machinery briefing at the Mentri Besar’s residence here yesterday. 

Zainal Abidin was commenting on an incident where a 51-year-old Rela member allegedly shot and killed a 23-year-old man and injured his 26-year-old brother in Cameron Highlands on Friday.  

He said all Rela members should abide by the laws of the country and not take the law into their own hands, whether it was for self defence, self protection or for the protection of their family.  

“Firearms should be used only when they are on duty. 

“We have laws and ethics set by the Government. Rela members must abide by them,” Zainal Abidin said. 

He advised those allowed to hold and use firearms not to have an impatient attitude. 

“They must be in control of their weapons. They must use them at the appropriate time, situation and place,” he said, adding that the police would investigate the Cameron Highlands case thoroughly.  

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