USDP MP urges in­crease in pri­vate se­cu­rity sec­tor train­ing

The Myanmar Times - - News - YE MON yeemon­tun@mm­

IN its first pro­posal to the Yan­gon Re­gion Hlut­taw, the Union Sol­i­dar­ity and De­vel­op­ment Party called on the gov­ern­ment to bol­ster the pri­vate se­cu­rity sec­tor with bet­ter over­sight and reg­u­la­tions.

The pro­posal, sub­mit­ted by MP U Tin Win (USDP; Co­cokyun), the for­mer re­gional min­is­ter for se­cu­rity and bor­der af­fairs, asked the gov­ern­ment to en­act a pri­vate se­cu­rity law which would man­date the train­ing of se­cu­rity staff in the city.

U Tin Win said in the Oc­to­ber 25 ses­sion that cur­rently banks, malls, hos­pi­tals and hous­ing in Yan­gon are pro­tected by se­cu­rity staff who have not re­ceived any train­ing and there­fore can­not prop­erly pro­tect the lo­ca­tions they have been charged with guard­ing.

“Se­cu­rity com­pa­nies fail to give se­cu­rity train­ing to their staff. The de­vel­op­ment of a pri­vate se­cu­rity sec­tor in Yan­gon will sup­port the rule of law. That is why the gov­ern­ment should en­act this law,” he said.

Two re­cent stab­bings in shopping malls were in­voked to high­light the weak­nesses of un­trained se­cu­rity staff.

“The se­cu­rity guards shouldn’t have al­lowed dan­ger­ous items such as knives, scis­sors and other sharp things into th­ese shopping cen­tres. The se­cu­rity staff didn’t know this be­cause they weren’t given proper train­ing,” said the USDP MP.

Mil­i­tary MP Ma­jor San Hla Tin Aung sup­ported the pro­posal, say­ing that it would also im­prove job op­por­tu­ni­ties in the re­gion.

“Some se­cu­rity ser­vices are cur­rently un­reg­is­tered. If such a law was en­acted they would have to reg­is­ter,” he added.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­gional gov­ern­ment, there are 32 se­cu­rity ser­vice com­pa­nies with li­cences and 53 com­pa­nies with­out li­cences cur­rently op­er­at­ing in Yan­gon.

Colonel Tin Aung Tun, re­gional min­is­ter for se­cu­rity and bor­der af­fairs, said that the gov­ern­ment plans to hold a work­shop be­tween pri­vate se­cu­rity com­pa­nies and the po­lice in or­der to im­prove the in­dus­try.

“Yan­gon needs a lot of se­cu­rity staff and I un­der­stand that the po­lice force will get a lot of help if the pri­vate se­cu­rity sec­tor de­vel­oped in Yan­gon,” he said.

But Daw War War Min, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of PSS Se­cu­rity Com­pany, said that ba­sic se­cu­rity train­ing is al­ready pro­vided to her com­pany’s se­cu­rity staff, in­clud­ing lessons in self-de­fence. She added that the com­pany sends all se­cu­rity per­son­nel to be trained by the Myan­mar Fire Ser­vices Depart­ment.

“We ap­pointed a se­cu­rity train­ing man­ager to train the staffs who pro­vide se­cu­rity ser­vices,” she said.

The USDP pro­posal is sched­uled for de­bate on Novem­ber 7.

Photo: Si Thu Lwin

Se­cu­rity guards ob­serve CCTV footage.

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