Operating licence of firm that hired killer guard revoked

Operating licence of firm that hired killer guard revoked

PUTRAJAYA - The Home Ministry has revoked the operating licence of the security firm that hired the guard who shot dead a bank officer in a robbery in Selangor.

The private security company was found to have breached requirements stipulated under the Private Agency Act, said Home Ministry senior deputy secretary-general Datuk Alwi Ibrahim.

The security firm did not conduct a security vetting on the guard, he added.

"The company has a firearms licence but the personnel that it deploys must pass a security check vetted by the police, be trained to handle firearms and must not have any criminal record.

"We are in the process of intensifying the monitoring of security companies in relation to firearms use," Alwi said here yesterday.

He added that the ministry had audited close to 90 per cent of the total licensed security companies.

There are 751 private security firms licensed to operate in the country, out of which 125 were granted firearms licence.

Security Services Association of Malaysia president Datuk Shaheen Mirza Habib said it would have been impossible for a security firm to obtain a carry and use gun licence for a guard with a fake MyKad.

He added security firms hiring guards would engage the police and Home Ministry in a week-long online vetting process to check if a potential employee had a criminal record.

The guard must then be employed for a minimum of six months before the firm could apply for a carry and use gun licence for him.

"The period of six months is for the police to observe his conduct and character. If he is hot tempered, he probably won't get a licence. If he seems like a responsible person, it will be approved.

"After that he would be sent to firearms training," he said, adding that the licence application would take three months.

The company erred by hiring a security guard using a fake MyKad, said Shaheen.

"Since he was a replacement guard, I think the company may have just assigned him to the bank and gave him a gun.

"If that is true, then it is a very serious breach of the conditions," he said.

Shaheen said the case was the first of its kind in the country. He expressed shock that a guard could rob a bank and even murder someone in the process.

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