'School security guards too old': Malaysia

'School security guards too old': Malaysia

Companies wanting to employ security guards aged 58 and above must inform the Education Ministry's procurement and asset management department for approval.

"Companies must also enclose the health screening report from a government hospital and supporting letter from the school," the ministry said in response to the 2012 Auditor-General's Report, which had described the management of the ministry's RM3 billion security control service as below satisfactory.

The ministry said it would constantly monitor and rectify all shortcomings highlighted in the report. The report stated that audit findings revealed that some of the security guards hired under the programme had exceeded the age limit and failed to submit their health and security screening reports. "Not only did the guards not meet the dress code regulations, they were also given inadequate and damaged equipment. "There were no attendance records prepared (for them).

"They did not perform satisfactorily and there was no crowd control, the watchman clocks were not recorded regularly and fines were not imposed," the report said, It added that the entry and exit points at premises were not monitored because of the insufficient number of security guards.

It noted that the ministry had spent RM2.05 billion (S$792 million) from the RM3.69 billion provision allocated between 2010 and last year. The audit also found that the ministry had approved contracts without checking for documents and made payments to contractors for incomplete jobs.

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