The Sin Chew Daily reports that in order to combat the problem of substandard or illegal foreign security guards, the National Registration Department and the Immigration Department have launched joint operations against firms hiring substandard or illegal foreign security guards in Malaysia to solve the problem once and for all.
Immigration director-general Datuk Alias Ahmad said that the operations are led by the Immigration Department with the cooperation from the National Registration Department to search for and identify illegal workers. “National Registration Department law enforcement officers will examine legal documents of foreign workers, including passports and MyKad, and if forged documents are found, the authorities will immediately arrest the involved foreign workers and detain the employers,” he said.
During an interview, Alias said that from 1 September to 4 November, the Immigration Department had launched 1,205 joint operations. A total of 36,696 foreign workers were inspected, 10,511 of them were found illegal while 141 employers were involved. Currently there are an estimated 751 security firms in the country and 125 of them with firearms licence.
He said that no deadline has been set for the operations as they will be carried out until all illegal foreign workers are arrested, including solving the problem of illegal foreign security guards. He added that the department is still working on the number of illegal foreign security guards and the exact number remains unclear.
Meanwhile, Deputy Home Minister Datuk Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said that the National Registration Department and the Immigration Department have launched joint operations against illegal foreign security guards, particularly against those who are not Nepalese. He said that according to the Private Agencies Act 1971, only Malaysians and specific Nepalese nationals can be hired as security personnel and thus, actions will be taken against firms hiring Bangladeshis, Pakistanis, Indonesians or Indians as security guards.
Wan Junaidi also reiterated that the Ministry has been taken the robberies involving security guards seriously and will review the standard operating procedures (SOP) of hiring security personnel, including reviewing the existing laws to ensure only qualified foreign workers are hired as security guards.