nur jazlan shafie will pay the price for belittling Rela

PUTRAJAYA: Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal’s recent remark which belittled Rela personnel is punishment enough for him, says Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed.

This is because such remarks would cause Shafie to lose support from the three million-strong Rela members, he added.

“It is clear that he does not appreciate the sacrifices made by our Rela personnel, who are carrying out their duties voluntarily. There is no need to take action against Shafie for making the statement.

“I believe he will not get their support after he offended them with such a statement,” Nur Jazlan told reporters during a luncheon hosted by Rela here yesterday.

It triggered a protest by Rela members in front of his house in Semporna, while several others lodged police reports against him.

The deployment of Rela personnel was made on Jan 1 following a proposal by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi last year. They are to be deployed to 21 locations in the Esszone and 13 border areas in Sarawak.

Nur Jazlan said that Rela personnel sent to the Esszone would not be involved in combat activities nor will they be put in the front lines, but they will be the eyes and ears of the security forces.

“Rela personnel are roped in with the aim of boosting peace in Esszone,” he said, adding that they would be given special training and assist the security forces when needed.

Nur Jazlan refuted Shafie’s claims on the RM6mil allocation as well as land to build a Rela training centre in Sabah, saying the approval for both was actually announced by Sabah Chief Minister Tan Sri Musa Aman during Rela’s 45th anniversary on Feb 11 last year.

“Shafie’s claims that it was only approved by the Chief Minister after he ‘made noise’ is not true. Half of the money was already released last year, while another RM3mil will be given this year.

“As for the land, the matter is being finalised,” he added.