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Tuesday October 29, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Tuesday October 29, 2013 MYT 7:35:07 AM
by zuhrin azam ahmad AND farik zolkepli
PUTRAJAYA: The identification documents of all security guards in the country will be checked following the killing of a bank officer last week by a guard found to be holding a fake MyKad.
Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the checks, to be carried out by the National Registration Department through the biometric system, would be on armed and unarmed security guards.
“It will be a massive exercise and there is no time frame to complete it as there are more than 600 security companies in the country,” Ahmad Zahid told reporters after receiving a courtesy call from Minister in the Cambodian Prime Minister’s Department Oknha Othman Hassan here yesterday.
Ahmad Zahid said Nepalese security guards were, however, exempted as they had work permits.
In the Oct 24 incident, a security guard shot dead bank officer Norazita Abu Talib after she had opened the strongroom of an Ambank branch in Subang Jaya.
The guard escaped with about RM450,000 from the vault.
Police have launched a hunt for the guard. Several suspects, including the guard’s wife, have been detained.
The Home Ministry immediately revoked the operating licence of the security firm that hired the guard after it was found to have breached requirements under the Private Agency Act.
The security firm had not carried out a security vetting on the guard.
There are 751 private security firms licensed to operate in the country, of which 125 were granted firearms licences.
Ahmad Zahid said an investigation was being carried out following information that certain security companies with firearms licences were using the firearms permits for “other purposes”.
“We will take action against them soon,” he said.
Asked to elaborate on the permits being used for “other purposes”, Ahmad Zahid said: “Purposes other than for security.”
Meanwhile, The Star paid a visit to the head office of the security firm which employed the guard after repeated calls to the directors of the company via phone proved unsuccessful.
It is tucked away on the eleventh floor of a building in the heart of the city.
There were about ten staff in the office, no bigger than a single bedroom apartment.
The staff said none of the directors or managers were around to comment about the incident involving a man said to be employed by the company.
“He has gone to Mecca and I don’t know when he will be back,” said one staff when asked about the whereabouts of the director of the company.
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Government, Courts & Crime, ahmad zahid hamidi/ ambank/ security guard/ biometric
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