Min­istry bans for­eign guards at na­tional schools

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KUALA LUMPUR: Se­cu­rity com­pa­nies as­signed to ser­vice na­tional schools are not al­lowed to hire for­eign­ers for the task.

In is­su­ing this re­quire­ment, Deputy Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Datuk P. Ka­malanathan said the min­istry will not hes­i­tate to ter­mi­nate the con­tract of any se­cu­rity com­pany which does not con­form to the rul­ing.

“I hope re­ports would be made against se­cu­rity com­pa­nies (hiring for­eign work­ers),” he said, adding the min­istry can only take the nec­es­sary ac­tion if a re­port is made.

He was re­spond­ing to a ques­tion by Anuar Abd Manap (BN-Sek­i­jang), who asked whether the min­istry would con­sider tight­en­ing the rules on the hiring of work­ers for se­cu­rity com­pa­nies at­tached to schools.

Ka­malanathan, who is the MP for Hulu Se­lan­gor, stated the min­istry had ter­mi­nated the con­tract of 24 se­cu­rity com­pa­nies since last year.

He added that 30% of the com­pa­nies had failed to main­tain their con­tracts due to un­sat­is­fac­tory per­for­mance.

Ka­malanathan said the ter­mi­na­tion ac­tion was made based on al­most 30 re­ports the min­istry re­ceived from schools dur­ing the 2015/2016 pe­riod.

“It is not true that the min­istry is not tak­ing ac­tion ... when a re­port is made, we will take the nec­es­sary ac­tion,” he said.

“We will con­duct our in­ves­ti­ga­tion and if the re­port is proven to be true, we will take the ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tion, in­clud­ing ter­mi­na­tion of con­tract,” he added.

Ka­malanathan said the min­istry would con­tinue to mon­i­tor the con­duct of se­cu­rity guards in schools and would not com­pro­mise on stu­dents’ safety.

... A group of stu­dents gath­ers out­side the Par­lia­ment gates to protest against bud­get cuts for pub­lic uni­ver­si­ties. More than 10 stu­dents rep­re­sent­ing Ke­sat­uan Ma­ha­siswa Malaysia, led by their chair­man Anis Syafiqah Yu­sof braved the rain to hold the de­mon­stra­tion.

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