JOHOR BARU: A member of the Malaysian Special Ranger Agency (MSRA) has insisted that the group is legitimate but admits that some rogue members have gone overboard by conducting enforcement activities.
An MSRA enforcement officer, who wished only to be known as Lim, said that the agency was formed to perform a similar role as Rela and had no authority to arrest or take action against anyone.
“We were formed to help with first aid, rescue, crime prevention, road safety education and helping the authorities to solve community-related issues,” he said.
Lim said that the non-governmental organisation was formed in 2010 and had about 2,000 members nationwide.
“We have strict background checks to ensure that the person applying does not have any past criminal records.
“Members go through a rigorous three-month training course and upon completion will be provided with a uniform and a membership card which is the same size as an identification card,” he said.
Lim said the group’s uniform was similar to the ones worn by police officers and members were awarded with ranks ranging from corporal to commissioner based on experience and how active they were in the organisation.
Members are also required to renew their cards every two years by paying a fee of RM110 each time.
“We do work with the police and our members have helped during operations including road blocks and security patrols but we are allowed to perform such duties only with policemen,” he said.
He said most of the group’s members are in Penang, Johor, Seremban and Kuala Lumpur.
Lim said that he was unsure if MSRA was still recruiting new members but said that its headquarters was located at Pandan Indah in Ampang.