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by zazali musa, embun majid, lee yen mun, shaun ho, kang soon chen, loh foon fong, sharidan m. ali, isabelle lai, AND loshana k shagar
On duty: A security guard monitoring the entrance to one of the schools in Pulau Tikus, Penang.
KUALA LUMPUR: Security firms that fail to meet the standard in the hiring of guards at schools will face action, said Deputy Education Minister P. Kamalanathan.
He said the ministry was disappointed with the security firms which did not observe the terms of contracts as highlighted in the Auditor-General’s Report released on Tuesday.
“The ministry is going through the report and will follow up on the recommendations. We have 10,094 schools nationwide and there are many security firms to deal with.
“It is a disappointment even if there are one or two security firms which failed. We want to have near perfection and will relook the entire process,” Kamalanathan said after officiating a sports event at SK Bukit Damansara yesterday.
The Auditor-General’s Report revealed that there were “significant weaknesses” in the standard of security guards in schools although the Education Ministry had spent RM2.052bil on security services from 2010 to 2012.
The report mentioned that 74% of the 35 schools audited were not given personal details of all their security guards, while 76 out of 129 security guards working in the audited schools had no security clearance to prove that they had no prior criminal records.
One guard at SK Kampung Jawa in Klang was also found to have a criminal record.
Kamalanathan, however, said security was never an issue in schools.
“If there are security issues, we would have been aware earlier. The security firms are at fault here and they will be dealt with appropriately,” he said.
He said schools were required to submit a report on the security practices they had implemented.
Penang state Education Department director Datuk Ahmad Tarmizi Kamaruddin said security firms for schools were engaged only after obtaining approval from the police.
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