Friday, 1 November 2013

Relying on the fence, yet the fence eats the paddy

After two armed robberies by security guards in just over a week. Especially the killing of bank officer Norazita Abu Talib, 37, by a security guard — who is said to own a fake identity card — reflects the loophole in the system which has allowed shady characters to protect buildings, people and to collect and deliver large sums of money.

The reason of the crime is because many security companies here seem to think that you can grab any number of foreigners (or locals), slap a uniform on them, pay them RM500 a month and call them a security guard.

It was reported last year that more than 150,000 locals and 50,000 Nepalese Gurkhas were legitimately employed as guards in the country. With demands for security guards increasing and the availability of cheap labour, unscrupulous firms are taking advantage of the situation, often hoodwinking their customers to believe they are being supplied legitimate security personnel. Even the Security Services Association of Malaysia had, since 2006, acknowledged it was possible for guards to be hired without referring to any authority and it was difficult to detect them.

And we, the public, seem to expect them to fulfil their role and more, even if we don’t believe in paying them well. When the urban poverty rate is set at RM3,000 a household per month, a security guard’s wage these days is not only pathetic, it is also insulting. Even with the basic federal-set RM900 minimum wage on the way, many private companies will probably be dragging their feet in coming up with a decent salary for security guards.

A proper mechanism should be put in place to ensure all security guards and not only those armed are thoroughly screened. Regulations are meant to be adhered to and the relevant ministry must ensure a proper background check is conducted for all local and foreign security guards in waiting not only by the security firm but also by the ministry.

In Singapore, auxiliary policemen, security personnel, casino dealers and those who deal with money are required to submit a good conduct certificate to their bosses before getting a job offer.

The key takeaway for this incident is how improper the procedures or lack of check & control can lead to a loophole for a must be viewed as a wake-up call especially for those who have been in deep slumber.
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