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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

REVOKED or just a show cause?

Kawalan Prima licence revoked but operating as usual 

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 30 — The security company whose licence was revoked a day after its guard shot and killed an AmBank officer a week ago, is still operating as usual.

The Malay Mail visited the bank branch in USJ Sentral 2 in Subang Jaya yesterday and saw a guard from Kawalan Prima Sdn Bhd on duty.

This was despite Home Ministry senior deputy secretary-general Datuk Alwi Ibrahim’s announcement that Kawalan Prima’s licence had been revoked.

An AmBank spokesman said that Kawalan Prima was still authorised to provide services as the firm was only given a show-cause letter from the Home Ministry. - 

The above is part of a MalayMail report  that poses more questions than answers into the circumstances leading to the recent brutal murder of an Ambank officer, by an armed guard engaged to protect the bank employees. 

The Home Ministry's announcement of the revocation of the operating license of the security company, a decision which was re-affirmed by the Home Minister himself, is certainly a wise 'no nonsense' decision in the best interest of the public. 

But as pointed out in my earlier postings, the general public tend to trust statement (esp that coming from politicians) less. Action speaks louder than words!

If the above MalayMail report is to be taken as the truth then there is something really wrong (or corrupted) in the implementation of directives in the Home Ministry. 

Why is it that Kawalan Prima appears to be above the Home Ministry/Home MInister and the law? 

As I said earlier, the level of trust is very low. When you say one thing to the Press and then there is no follow through. When people discover that you were just paying lip service, everything falls through the hole of distrust. 


PUTRAJAYA: THE Home Ministry will conduct a massive operation nationwide to vet the identities of  private security guards and check whether their employers  are complying  with regulations.
This comes in the wake of the death of an AmBank employee in Subang Jaya on Wednesday. The victim was shot dead by a guard said to have been hired without proper security checks.
Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the exercise was necessary to ensure that security firms complied with licensing requirements and that every guard hired was qualified.
"I have ordered the review on all security firms to see if they had complied with the requirements for the licences they had applied for. They will be graded accordingly."
Zahid said firms that failed to comply with the requirements or found to have misused their firearms licence would have their licences revoked.
"The security firms will be graded A, B or C for their level of compliance. The firms that are not up to par will have their licences revoked." - NST

Warnings and feel good statements could be necessary but I'm sure action could speak louder. 

Why is it that it appears as though the Home Ministry is powerless to act against a security company that armed an illegal immigrant with a firearm?

The illegal immigrant with fake ID killed a mother of two with the firearm supplied by the security company.... and the Home Ministry just gives the irresponsible security company a showcause letter (as per the MM report)?


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