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Sunday November 3, 2013 MYT 9:04:02 AM
by nicholas cheng
KUALA LUMPUR: Two staff members of the security company that hired the rogue guard who robbed a jewellery store in Setapak has been detained by the police for questioning.
City CID director Datuk Ku Chin Wah said the two men, age 26 and 51, were detained in Shah Alam and Sentul respectively on Thursday night, a few hours after the robbery.
“They will be remanded until Nov 8,” he said.
Police picked up the 26-year-old, who is the guard’s friend at around 9pm in his Shah Alam house.
The 51-year-old who is believed to be the suspect’s supervisor was picked up soon afterwards.
During the robbery, the suspect, who was identified as Hikman Jacob from Kampung Bingkor, Sabah, threatened employees with a pistol while they were opening the jewellery shop at around 9.30am on Thursday.
He later escaped with a tray of 100 necklaces of a yet unknown amount. He had reportedly only been working for the jewellery store for two months.
City deputy police chief SAC Datuk Amar Singh said the suspect used a fake MyKad.
Meanwhile, the management of the security firm declined to comment when contacted yesterday,
According to the Security Services Association of Malaysia’s (SSAM) website, a former Inspector-General of Police is one of the directors of the firm.
Deputy Home Minister Datuk Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said the ministry was also investigating how the suspect was employed.
However, he said the ministry wants to investigate the matter first before action can be taken against the firm.
“I am looking at how to strengthen the procedure, vetting recruitment and guidelines on the background of individuals to be engaged as security guards,” he said.
Branch manager Robert Lourdusamy said despite repeated requests, the suspect had never produced his identification card.
“(On Wednesday) he showed me a copy of his IC. It looked exactly like any other IC, but it was soft and felt as if it was a piece of cardboard.
“I told him that he would have to show his original IC today (Thursday) as we had to make him a punch card,” he said.
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