KUALA LUMPUR, June 14 — Some Malaysians have discovered today that they were registered into the People’s Volunteer Corps (Rela) without their knowledge, after a link to check one’s membership went viral online.
Commenting on queries by Facebook users, the corps claimed that this may have resulted from a massive membership campaign back in 2012, but did not explain how people were registered without their consent.
“We were made to understand that a massive Rela membership was done in 2012. Perhaps during that time, our department received a list of names and were registered straight into the system,” it said in reply to a Facebook user.
It also said that anybody who wished to remove their unsolicited membership can do so by providing the necessary information to the department.
Malay Mail is seeking an official statement by the corps and the Home Ministry over the matter.
Malay Mail’s check found that some of its staff were also registered as early as 2010 — even receiving platoon codes and membership number.
Among those who found himself a member was Bukit Mertajam MP Steven Sim, who said on Twitter that he was registered as a member since 2011.
“Was this registration automatic for all Malaysians? Because my wife is a Rela member too, according to Rela’s website,” he posted on Twitter.