Security firms under probe over hiring of Abu Sayyaf members
PUTRAJAYA: The Home Ministry has identified security companies suspected to have employed Abu Sayyaf members.
Its secretary-general, Datuk Seri Alwi Ibrahim, however, said the level of involvement of these companies were under investigation by the ministry and the police.
“If the findings show that these security companies have been negligent in their hiring processes of security guards, their licences can be revoked,” he said in a statement yesterday.
The ministry has set several tight regulations in the hiring process of workers in security companies in the country, he added.
“One of them is that all security companies must validate the biometric authenticity of the MyKad of candidates applying to be security guards at the National Registration Department (NRD) before hiring.
“The authenticity of a MyKad and its owner can only be verified through biometric validation at the NRD.”
The Home Ministry has also made it compulsory for security companies to conduct safety screening based on the Private Agencies Act 1971, Alwi said.
“Therefore, the ministry warns all security companies to observe the regulations and guidelines set in hiring workers.
“Companies are reminded to always verify the MyKad of the candidates to be employed as security guards.”
The ministry has warned that there will be no compromise should any company be found to employ workers connected to terrorist groups, he said.
Earlier yesterday, InspectorGeneral of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun was quoted as saying that the federal police’s Special Branch Counter-Terrorism Division had nabbed 45 foreign terrorist fighters linked to international terror groups between January and Oct 6.
Datuk Seri Alwi Ibrahim