LARUT: The standard operating procedure (SOP) on the use of firearms by Rela members, especially during operations in risk areas, will be fine-tuned, says Home Minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin (pic).
Rela would work with the police on the matter, he said.
“Rela was supplied with shotguns before but there were problems with abuse and safe-keeping of the weapons, as the SOP was quite loose. That is why we want to tighten the SOP on the use of firearms for Rela personnel.
“Not all Rela members can use firearms. We will check in terms of their health, including vision. When requirements are met and they are capable of handling weapons and if given the green light by the police, then we will allow, ” he said.
Hamzah said Rela would be restructured in terms of job scope and age limit as the role of its members would not be confined to only assisting the traffic police, but also act as the “eyes and ears of the government”.
“To ensure preparedness of Rela members in performing their duties, we want only those who are healthy and qualified to join, ” he said. — Bernama
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