Home Ministry orders RELA to probe possible misuse of data

BUKIT MERTAJAM (June 16): The Home Ministry has ordered the People’s Volunteers Corps (RELA) to investigate the possibility of data misuse, following viral reports of many Malaysians being registered as members without their knowledge. 

Home Minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin said the ministry has contacted RELA over the matter and has given it several days to get to the bottom of the matter. 

“The ministry will wait for a report to be submitted in a few days," he told reporters yesterday after visiting two locations where Immigration Department officials inspected nearly 100 foreigners, including UNHCR cardholders.

Meanwhile, RELA, in a statement yesterday, denied it had signed up Malaysians without their knowledge or consent. 

“RELA is aware of the public's concern and will take appropriate action to conduct an internal investigation to identify membership registration procedures implemented before Act 752 came into force.

“RELA will not compromise with those who intentionally process or use a person's personal data for a specific purpose without obtaining the permission of the individual concerned," it said. 

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