According to Bernama, the Road Transport Department (JPJ) is hoping to recruit around 300,000 young volunteers for its recently-formed 1JPJ Skuad Muda programme by next year. Aside from learning about traffic regulations and road safety aspects, the young squad volunteers will also actively participate in helping the agency on certain fronts.
JPJ director-general Datuk Ismail Ahmad said these activities will include assisting JPJ enforcement officers during operations, as well as being the eyes for the JPJ on the road.
The volunteers will help monitor road users and report motorists who violate traffic regulations to the JPJ. They will however not have the authority to detain or arrest motorists. Presumably, some form of visual evidence will be necessary to ensure that the reporting is all done fairly and without prejudice; you can imagine the consternation otherwise.
Closer to now, the department said it will be roping in volunteers to assist it in monitoring road traffic during the upcoming Hari Raya festive season. Ismail said that the volunteers will mainly comprise members of non-governmental organisations, automotive associations and motoring clubs.