Again, RELA has shown total disregard for the basic rights of individuals and property owners. Even if we assumed that RELA's members are properly trained and were acting on irrefutable probable cause, their totally unrestrained tactics (like Nazi stormtroopers clearing out Jewish neighbourhoods) cannot be condoned.
What more when RELA members are no more than petty, uneducated, jobless men with batons and guns.
RELA recruitment criteria:
Syarat Syarat Am Untuk Menjadi Ahli RELAThat's it! Basically ANY 16 year old female or 17 year old male Malaysian who's not physically handicapped (mental handicap is not a problem?) can become a member of RELA.
1. Warganegara Malaysia.
2. Umur 16 tahun ke atas bagi kaum wanita dan 17 tahun ke atas bagi kaum lelaki.
3. Sihat tubuh badan.
No educational or employment requirements. No background checks. Nothing at all to ensure the quality and integrity of its recruits.
Jangkamasa latihan adalah dari 3 hingga 14 hari dan bergantung kepada jenis kursus. Latihan ini membolehkan seseorang anggota itu dapat memberikan sumbangan yang efektif dalam mencapai objektif pasukan.3 to 14 days?! I had longer training in the boys scouts and even then, I wasn't allowed to beat people up or break into their houses.
So, now do you see what's wrong? How can you take someone off the street with no educational background nor any evidence of good character.., give them a few days of training and then expect them to be able to enforce the law? Some of them might not be able to read the newspaper, much less interpret the law, for god's sake (there's no educational criteria, remember?).
These are gangsters with uniforms and badges, on a state funded power trip. The Chinese have a saying for their outrageous behaviour whenever they put on that stupid green uniform and gather in herds - "holding a feather duster, thinking it is a Commander's baton".
DISBAND RELA NOW!
Tour guide cries foul over Rela raid
By KULDEEP S. JESSY in NST Online
KUALA LUMPUR: A 42-year-old tour guide has lodged a police report after a group of Rela members allegedly tried to break into her apartment in Tingkat Tong Shin here while apparently tracking a suspected illegal immigrant.
Leow Mee Leng said that the men had failed to identify themselves properly, did not have a search warrant and were not accompanied by any policeman or Immigration officer.
In the 3.15am incident on Monday, Leow said she was fast asleep at her apartment located on the second floor of a town house.
"I heard a thumping sound at my front door and heard a man shouting loudly, asking me to come out.
"I went to the door and asked him what the problem was, but he only shouted back that if I did not open the door he would break it open.
"I peeked through the peephole and saw several men standing outside. Fearing for my life, I ran back into my room and telephoned my first-floor neighbour who advised me to open the door," she said.
Leow said she hesitated for several minutes but decided to open the door when her neighbour and his wife came over to her apartment and shouted at her to open the door.
"There were about six to eight men in uniform, and one of them just dashed into my house with a torchlight.
"The man came out several minutes later and told his superior that he did not find anything,'' she said, adding that they refused to tell her what they were looking for.
Leow said that when urged by her neighbour, one of the Rela members told him that they were looking for "someone" who had escaped and believed to be hiding in Leow's house.
"The man also asked my neighbour's wife whether I was a Malaysian. When she told them that I was, they told me to go back into my apartment and then left hastily,'' she said.
Leow claimed that several minutes later, she saw the men taking away four women and two men from another apartment.
She said her front door had been damaged and is missing an iron bar. She lodged a report at the Dang Wangi police station on Monday evening.