Task force set up to improve Rela's firearms management

TEOH PEI YING

KUALA LUMPUR: A task force has been established for the implementation of short- and long-term steps to improve People’s Volunteer Corps’ (Rela) firearms management.

The task force was set up last Friday after 26 shotguns were discovered missing after the Government Agency Firearms Licence Enforcement Unit, Inspector-General of Police Secretariat (Firearms Licence), Bukit Aman carried out an inspection and audit at the Northern Region Rela Training Centre in Sungai Petani, Kedah, last month.

The department in a statement today said it views the missing shotguns incident seriously and that there would be no compromise for any parties who have supported the act.

A joint-task force consisting of Rela, police and Home Ministry officers, will be revising all instructions, including the current firearms management manual.

“The task force will also conduct thorough inspections on firearms and upgrade the weapon storage.

“We will also improve our staff skill in handling firearms as well as research if more officers should be tasked to supervise firearms.”

On Tuesday, Kedah state police chief Datuk Asri Yusoff revealed that a 55-year-old former Selama Rela district chief has admitted to selling off the weapons for a song between RM1,000 and RM3,000.

The suspect, serving at the Pengkalan Hulu district Rela office, has since been suspended pending investigation result.