The Penang state government claimed that no official orders had been given by the police to surrender its voluntary unit equipment and uniforms of its Penang Voluntary Unit (PPS).
Penang chief minister Lim Guan Eng’s political secretary Wong Hon Wai when contacted told The Malaysian Reserve that the state government has not received any black and white from the police to surrender the items of the organisation which was labeled illegal by the Home Ministry.
“We have yet to receive any black and white to surrender it. Besides we do not have any so-called equipment as claimed. We only have the t-shirts, and if they (police) insist to have it, they should make it clear on how to go about doing it,” said Wong.
“We need to have the official order first for us to follow the police’s orders,” he stressed.
It was reported on Tuesday that the Home Ministry had declared PPS as an illegal organisation.
In a statement, Home Ministry’s secretary-general Datuk Seri Mohamad Khalid Shariff said: “The Penang PPS is an organisation that carries out activities that are hazardous to public peace in the society.”
The declaration, he said, was made in accordance to Section 5(1) of the Societies Act 1966.
It was reported that the Penang government is set to challenge the declaration by the Home Ministry.
“(Datuk Seri) Ahmad Zahid Hamidi acted in a mala fide manner twice by unlawfully sanctioning the arrest of 157 PPS members on Aug 31, and unlawfully declaring the PPS an unlawful society on Nov 4 without any communication, proper investigation and respect for natural justice,” Lim was quoted as saying in a news daily.
He also said that the state government will consult the legal team to challenge the issue in courts.
Wong confirmed the state government’s plan to seek judicial review against the Home Ministry’s declaration.
On August 31 this year, 157 PPS members including state assemblymen Phee Boon Poh and RSN Rayer were arrested after attending Merdeka Day celebration procession.
They were detained to facilitate investigations on the squad for allegedly flouting regulations, as well as not being registered with the Registrar of Societies (ROS).
PPS was set up in 2011 initially to assist the security authorities to address social ills issue such as drug abuse.