400 security companies leased out their licences? Not true, says industry association

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  • Thursday, 24 Sep 2020

KUALA LUMPUR: The allegation that 400 security company owners had leased out their licences to a third party is not true, says the Security Industry Association of Malaysia (PIKM) president.

Datuk Seri Ramli Yusuff said the allegation by the Selangor and Federal Territory Security Industry Association (SWiSS) was a serious matter.

"Since late last year, 899 security companies that have the appropriate licences have been registered with PIKM.

"A total of 90% of the companies have submitted their audited accounts for licence renewals while the remaining have not or have just started their business.

“As at 2019, licences for 57 companies have been revoked due to various offences, including hiring foreign security guards without proper permits or renting out their licences," he said in a statement Thursday (Sept 24).

Thus, Ramli said, the allegation made by SWiSS is not true nor credible and paints a bad image of PIKM members.

He was commenting on the SWiSS's allegation, which was reported in a Malay daily.

Ramli said SWiSS has never held an official meeting or discussed the matter with PIKM.

In terms of skills development of members of the security industry, Ramli said PIKM is focusing on a government initiative involving the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) programme.

"Based on this, the government appointed PIKM as the Industry Lead Body (ILB) for the security industry in January last year under the Skills Development Department of the Human Resources Ministry.

"Thus, the development and implementation of skills training for the security industry must have the approval of PIKM based on the guidelines of the government,” he said.

He added that PIKM has also prepared a security industry labour development strategic action plan.

"We are also the only entity recognised by the Home Ministry as a valid association to represent licensed security services companies.

"In fact, every licensed security company must become a member of PIKM. It is also a requirement when renewing their licences," Ramli stressed.

Any information on offences committed by security companies will be referred to the authorities, he also said.

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