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KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 25, 2015:

The Home Ministry has offered the services of its 3.6 million People’s Volunteer Corps (Rela) members to assist the Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry (KPDNKK) in carrying out enforcement.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the offer was made in the wake of the shortage in ministry enforcement officers nationwide.

“The shortage is the main challenge that is brought up by the ministry during Cabinet meetings but the government believes it is not the right time to provide additional officers.

“So a smart way to address this is by using the National Blue Ocean Strategy and the Home Ministry has made this offer to assist them even though they (Rela officers) do not have the (accorded jurisdictional) powers.

“But they can still help to assist in joint monitoring, but the implementation would be done by the enforcement officers,” Ahmad Zahid, who is also the Home Minister, told a press conference after opening the 2015 National Consumer Day at Dataran Merdeka here this afternoon.

Currently, the ministry employed roughly 2,300 enforcers nationwide tasked with an array of duties, including the prevention of profiteering with the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST).

Present was KPDNKK Minister Datuk Hamzah Zainuddin, and ministry secretary-general Datuk Seri Alias Ahmad.

During his speech, Ahmad Zahid said the industries under the ministry’s purview had contributed to 14.4%, or RM158.4 billion, of the total Rm1.03 trillion in gross national income last year.

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