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40 security companies shut down, 49 get warnings for hiring illegal guards

PUTRAJAYA: From 2014 to last year, 40 security companies had their licences revoked, while 49 security companies received final warnings for various offences, including hiring illegal immigrants as security guards.

Home Ministry secretary-general Datuk Seri Alwi Ibrahim said a total of 29 employers who had hired illegal security guards have been compounded by the Immigration Department.

“The ministry only allows Nepalese security guards to work for three years and they can apply to extend for the fourth and fifth years if there is a demand from the security companies, subject to the foreign workers service policy in Malaysia.

“Lately, there have been claims and reports in the mass media that there were other foreigners who worked as security guards besides the source countries (Nepal).

“These companies have a tendency to hire illegal foreign security guards because they want to earn more profit.

That way, they would not need to pay the levy, service tax, employees provident fund and also need not to protect the workers’ welfare as set by the government.” he said in a statement today.

He said some companies deliberately fail to renew their security guards’ Visit Pass-Temporary Employment.

He urged the public, including the Security Services Association of Malaysia to immediately report to the ministry and its agencies if they have information on illegal foreign security guards.

“We view this matter seriously and will continuously take stern action under the Private Agencies Act 1971, Immigration Act 1959/1963 and National Registration Act 1959.

“The ministry has formed integrated operations with the police, Immigration Department and National Registration Department was coordinated under a task force since Nov 1, 2013.

The operations are being carried out weekly at schools, residential areas, condominiums, business premises, shopping centres and banks.” he said.-NST

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