TUARAN: Improvement and recognition to change the Malaysian Volunteers Association (RELA) to Malaysian Volunteers Department is the effort made by the highest administration to show its commitment for the RELA community.
Sabah Minister of Community Development and Consumer Affairs, Datuk Jainab Ahmad Ayid, RELA has become better in driving its transformation agenda in line with the federal government’s vision through the Malaysian Volunteers Association Act, which is to empower and gear up volunteerism among the country’s citizens.
“The recognition is for all RELA personnel, thanks to their effort to safeguard safety in their respective areas and helped the local community to live in peace,” she said.
She was speaking during the Kota Kinabalu level 2015 RELA Family Day at Kinabalu Hall of the state RELA Training Centre, today.
She also said the local community now have better understanding on the roles and function of RELA which are in line with the department’s core vision to produce a well balanced member.
“RELA’s duties have become more challenging. However, their membership kept on increasing.
“I am informed that membership for Kota Kinabalu RELA has reached up to 40,281 members, with 23,061 men and 17,220 women,” she added.
RELA has also implemented the 5K1P concept focusing on safety, peace, welllbeing, harmony, unity, and teamwork.
“This concept is seen to be in accordance with the role of RELA as the mini ambassador for the government, where it is not only a para-security team but also a volunteer body that does community-based activities,” she explained.
Also present at the event were Sabah RELA Director, RELA Assistant Commissioner, Shahrizal Haron, and Kota Kinabalu, RELA Enforcer, Mohd Bakry Md Baily. –SayangSabah