KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 1 ― After their Merdeka crackdown on members of the Penang Volunteer Patrol Unit (PPS), the police will shift their crosshairs on PAS’ Unit Amal corp, a senior minister said today. Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said he was confident the police are already in the midst of making a move against the Islamist party’s volunteer unit, as it is considered to be of a similar status as the PPS. “I think the same action will be taken by the police. I’m very sure they are going to take action,” he said at a news conference after officiating at the Segambut Umno division meeting here. PAS’ Unit Amal is a volunteer wing under the party that is typically mobilised during PAS and Pakatan Rakyat ceramahs or during elections, helping manage traffic flow while also providing security detail for opposition leaders and events.
Police detained 155 members of the PPS ― which included senior citizens and Penang executive councillor Phee Boon Poh ― after the Merdeka Day parade in Penang yesterday, on grounds that it is an illegal society that is not registered with the Registrar of Societies (RoS). Inspector-general of police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar last week declared PPS illegal, after a 51-year-old man lodged a police report claiming that two PPS members beat him up. Barisan Nasional leaders want the unit to be disbanded, while Malay rights group Perkasa lodged police reports urging for a police probe on PPS’s activities. Penang state government had remained steadfast in its insistence that the group is legal. PPS was formed by the state government in May 2011 to assist the public in all situations including directing traffic, in times of disaster and to patrol the streets as a preventive measure against crime. There are more than 9,000 PPS members in the state who have all undergone various courses that including first aid and disaster management.
Credit – The MalayMail Online