Se­cu­rity firms un­der probe over hir­ing of Abu Sayyaf mem­bers

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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

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