Rela to launch internal probe into involuntary registration of members


PUTRAJAYA: The People’s Volunteer Corps (Rela) will launch an internal probe over the issue that many people have been unwittingly registered as Rela members.

Rela clarified that under Section 7(1) of the Malaysia Volunteers Corps Act 2012 (Act 752), a person aged 18 and above who wishes to be enrolled as a member of the corps must apply in writing to its director-general.

“Rela is aware of the public’s concerns and will take appropriate action to launch an internal investigation to identify the membership registration procedure that was implemented before Act 752 came into force.

“Rela will not compromise if any groups or individuals are found to have processed or misused a person’s personal data without their consent,” the department said in a statement on Tuesday (June 15).

Many baffled Malaysians on social media had claimed that they were registered as Rela members without their knowledge, after performing a check on the department’s online portal.

Rela said the department has embarked on a “whitening programme” to terminate members who have been inactive for a period of five years.

The department, however, said it had put the programme on hold to focus on Covid-19 pandemic efforts.

“Individuals who found that they are registered as Rela members and wish to terminate their membership may call 03-8870 3770 or send an email to pro_rela@moha.gov.my to do so.

“Members who are still interested in extending their membership can do so by notifying the director-general of Rela in writing,” the statement read.

Checks on the department’s online portal found that the membership checking system has been disabled with a message saying “system under maintenance process”.

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