Firms that hired sus­pected mil­i­tants iden­ti­fied

The Star Malaysia - - Nation -

PE­TAL­ING JAYA: The se­cu­rity com­pa­nies re­spon­si­ble for em­ploy­ing seven sus­pected Abu Sayyaf group mil­i­tants have been iden­ti­fied, says Datuk Seri Alwi Ibrahim.

The Home Min­istry sec­re­tary-gen­eral said their level of in­volve­ment was still un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Alwi said ac­tion, in­clud­ing re­vok­ing their li­cences, could be taken if these com­pa­nies were found to be com­pla­cent.

“We have set strict pro­ce­dures in the hir­ing of guards by se­cu­rity com­pa­nies based on the law.

“One is mak­ing it com­pul­sory for se­cu­rity com­pa­nies to ver­ify the authen­tic­ity of the MyKad held by ap­pli­cants.

“This can be done through bio­met­ric ver­i­fi­ca­tion at the Na­tional Regis­tra­tion De­part­ment,” Alwi warned.

Alwi was com­ment­ing on the re­cent ar­rests of sus­pected Abu Sayyaf mil­i­tants who were found to be work­ing as se­cu­rity guards in the Klang Val­ley.

He said the min­istry also re­quired all se­cu­rity com­pa­nies to con­duct thor­ough back­ground checks.

“All se­cu­rity com­pa­nies must strictly com­ply with ex­ist­ing reg­u­la­tions and guide­lines in hir­ing se­cu­rity guards,” Alwi warned the se­cu­rity com­pa­nies

“We will not com­pro­mise on this mat­ter.

“We dis­cov­ered that the sus­pects had used forged iden­ti­fi­ca­tion doc­u­ments to ap­ply for jobs as se­cu­rity guards,” he said.

On Sept 14, seven sus­pects, aged be­tween 22 and 38, were de­tained in Kuala Lumpur by the Bukit Aman’s Counter Ter­ror­ism Di­vi­sion.

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