An anti-crime non-governmental organisation may find itself on the wrong side of the law after some of its aspiring police wannabe members wore police attire.
Whether they got authorisation remains to be seen, but social media critics have raised the question whether civilians are allowed to don law enforcement attire.
This poser was raised after one of the members was photographed wearing a luminous vest with the words “POLIS” embossed on its back during a school function.
Checks by The Rakyat Post revealed the two-year-old club was headed by a retired Assistant Commissioner of Police who had served with the city traffic branch and later as a police chief prior to retirement.
The organisation describes itself as anti-crime and anti-narcotics prevention club.
It has a Facebook page and also a blog page, but nothing much has been uploaded about its activities.
Attempts to draw a response about some of the members’ desire to don a luminous vest proved futile as no contact number was made available.
TRP‘s checks with one of the club members revealed civilians who want to sign up with the club, which is registered, would have to pay a membership fee.
However, it is not immediately known what other items are able to be purchased which carried the Royal Malaysia Police logo.
“We are aware of the organisation’s existence following queries from the public,” a police official told The Rakyat Post.
The official reminded all concerned that it was an offence under Section 89 of the Police Act for non-police individuals to be in possession of or displaying attire only authorised to be worn by police personnel.
Even the police logo, the officer disclosed, could not be used for display on car windscreens or even as a bumper logo without authorisation.