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Volume 473: debated on Friday 14 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will urge the government of Malaysia to disband RELA the Volunteer People’s Corp. (193473)

The People’s Volunteer Corps (RELA) is a legally constituted body within the Malaysian system. Our high commission in Kuala Lumpur follows the situation of refugees in Malaysia closely, including the activities of government agencies such as RELA.

We have no plans to raise RELA with the Malaysian Government. Our high commission in Kuala Lumpur is in contact with the Office of the UN high commissioner for refugees on a regular basis on this issue.