Demand for armed bodyguards soars after spate of violent crimes in Malaysia

Demand for armed bodyguards soars after spate of violent crimes in Malaysia
Staying safe: Malaysian High Commissioner to the UK Datuk Zakaria Sulong (second from left), Chico Force (M) Sdn Bhd CEO Datuk Seri Khoo Gee Chong and bodyguards taking part in a mock security drill.

PETALING JAYA - Demand for armed bodyguards has soared in the wake of recent shootings and other violent crimes.

More companies, including banks and multinationals, are hiring armed bodyguards for their bosses.

Many, including prominent business personalities, have been put on the waiting list as existing supply cannot meet the spike in demand.

There are now at least 600 trained bodyguards in the country.

A security specialist in Kuala Lumpur said the demand for armed bodyguards rose sharply after the murder of Arab-Malaysian Develop­ment Bank Bhd founder Hussain Ahmad Najadi in July.

"Almost every rich Datuk and public-listed company head in town now has at least one armed bodyguard.

"Businessmen have rivals and they won't know who they've offended in the course of sealing a deal.

"They tell me that after hiring an armed bodyguard, they can go about their business without constantly looking over their shoulder," said the specialist, who declined to be named.

Eagle Eye Security director Ram Bahador said the recent shootings have spooked many industry leaders, who used to hire unarmed bodyguards.

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