Rela Corps

"RELA Corps" (or Ikatan Relawan Rakyat Malaysia; English: Volunteers of Malaysian People) is a paramilitary civil volunteer corps formed by the Malaysian government. Their main duty is to check the traveling documents and immigration permits of foreigners in Malaysian cities, including tourists, visitors and migrants to reduce the increasing rate of illegal immigrants in Malaysia. RELA has the authority to deal with situations like policemen, such as raiding suspected streets or places such as factories, restaurants and even hotels. They are also fully authorized to conduct the interrogation and even detaining people who forgot to bring their traveling documents, like passports and/or working permits. Besides that they are also tasked with security works at times. During times of war, they are absorbed into the Malaysian Army as support groups despite their law enforcing duties. They are also tasked to do SAR works if needed.

Mission and Objective

  • Vision

To prepare, train, and maintain a volunteer force as the Nation's line of defense and to guard the welfare of the citizens of Malaysia.

  • Mission

To deploy and mobilize the volunteer force in order to reduce Illegal Immigrant and to assist other enforcement agencies in order to maintain peace and security throughout Malaysia.

  • Objective

Help preserve national security, peace and well fare of the Malaysian citizens and to reduce Illegal Immigrant

Roles and Priorities

During War or Emergency

  • To maintain and preserve public order and security of local area before being handed over to the Armed Forces.
  • To lead and protect the citizens to a safer area.
  • War combatants and psyops
  • As "eyes" and "ears" of the military and the government
  • Help the armed forces to operate patrols, intelligence, security force, and to provide direct defense on all strategic interest in their area.


  • Current strength of RELA in terms of personnel as of 23 May 2013 (see


Overall 2,873,671
Platoons  ?
Male 1,703,852
Female 1,169,819

External links

  • news about RELA in Aljazeera
  • Human Right Watch on RELA abussive
  • Malaysian Restaurant sues Rela - International Herald Tribune
  • Malaysian Human Right Watch on the rape case by Rela volunteers in Malaysia
  • Rela Q&A
  • "Istri Diplomat Indonesia Diperlakukan Kasar" (Wife of Indonesian Diplomat treated Harshly),, 2007-03-10
  • New York Times article about Rela
  • Malaysia Bar on RELA
  • UK Channel 4 - Malaysia: Refugees for Sale

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