Exco man: PPS was governor’s idea
The controversial Penang volunteer patrol unit, which has come under attack by the federal and state police, was initiated after a suggestion by the Governor, according to state executive councillor Phee Boon Poh, the man who oversees the unit.
In an interview with Malaysiakini, conducted while he was being detained at Pattani Road police station, Phee said his arrest and that of 198 PPS members on Sunday was an insult to the Governor, Abdul Rahman Abbas.
The arrests were made after the Merdeka Day parade. The governor was the chief guest of the state government at the event.
“He was the one who told me to start the initiative; (for the police) to arrest the (PPS) men, just after the parade which he attended, is an insult,” Phee said.
Malaysiakini quotes Bernama as saying the PPS, set up by the state in May 2011, consists of 299 teams and 9,002 members. Activities have been suspended pending further state government action.