Orang Asli Rela Brigade on the cards

Posted on December 13, 2010. Filed under: Indigenous People |

By DHARMENDER SINGH

The Star

PUTRAJAYA: The People’s Volunteer Corps (Rela) will go on a drive to set up a Rela platoon at every Orang Asli settlement in Peninsular Malaysia following the setting up of its Orang Asli Rela Brigade, said its director-general Datuk Zaidon Asmuni.

Zaidon said Senator Muhammad Olian Abdullah, who has been appointed commander of the Orang Asli brigade, would oversee the setting up of a platoon in each settlement and the recruitment of the Orang Asli there.

He said only some of the Orang Asli settlements had Rela Units and some of these had not been very active.

“But with the setting up of the new brigade concentrating specifically on Orang Asli needs, we are sure that we will be able to have active participation especially in maintaining the security and harmony in the settlements,” he said when contacted Monday.

He was commenting on Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein’s statement on Saturday of the setting up of the new brigade and the appointment of Muhammad Olian as the Rela Honorary Brigadier-General heading the brigade.

Zaidon also said that with its recruitment drive since last year seeing membership climb from 556,286 in April last year to over 2 million in Oct this year, he was confident that the body would surpass the Home Ministry set target of 2.5 million members by the end of 2011.

He said one of the areas where Rela had seen vast improvements was the recruitment of more youngsters following the setting up of the Rela Youth Brigade and efforts included setting up platoons under the brigade in colleges and universities.

He said Rela had recently set up a platoon in Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia and was working with other universities and colleges to set up similar outfits.

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