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GEORGE TOWN, Aug 26, 2014:

Five police reports were lodged today against the state funded Voluntary Patrol Unit or Pasukan Peronda Sukarela (PPS) urging for the team to be investigated following alleged assaults that have been taking place recently.

A group of seven individuals who lodged the report identified themselves as Rakan Anak-anak Pulau Pinang and was seen carrying placards condemning the PPS after lodging the reports outside the Northeast district police headquarters here.

They also urged for the legitimacy of the unit to be investigated and whether it was registered with the Registrar of Societies (RoS).

“We want the police to investigate the legitimacy of the PPS and the role it plays; if indeed investigations show it is not registered then the unit should be disbanded with action taken against it.

“We read with disgust the reports of the violence by the PPS, with the recent case being only a few days ago.

“We demand to know what right it has to rough up the public as even the police do not do such things, and the existence of police and various other enforcement agencies is suffice without PPS,” said the group’s spokesperson Mohd Ismail Osman.

Seen accompanying him was Penang Perkasa Youth chief Mohd Rizuad Mohd Azuddin.

They went on to question if PPS had been set up with a political agenda, describing the unit as Penang’s new militant group.

Last week, a 51-year-old businessman cum activist lodged a report alleging that he was assaulted by a group of PPS members dressed in their purple uniforms while he was attending a Chinese temple dinner.

State Welfare, Caring Society and Environment Committee chairman Phee Boon Poh said he viewed the allegations seriously and that the state would not tolerate indiscipline among PPS members.

“The purpose of PPS is to protect the public. However, we will also protect the PPS members against any unsubstantiated allegations.”

Phee, who is also PPS chairman, added that since it was now a police case, PPS would let the police investigate.

When contacted, Northeast district police deputy chief Supt Rahman Abdul confirmed the five reports lodged today.

Yesterday, Parti Cinta Malaysia vice-president Huan Cheng Guan held a press conference urging for the PPS to be investigated on claims that the PPS was carrying out DAP’s duties by planting the party flags during events.

He also questioned the purpose of setting PPS which he claimed had a membership of about 10,000 individuals of “questionable” backgrounds when there were other agencies to oversee safety and security issues in the state.

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