Sunday, September 20

No to foreign workers as security guards — Agencies


KUALA LUMPUR: Security companies in the country have been reminded not to hire foreign workers as security guards at any premises.

According to the Association of Professional Security Agencies (Aspa) president Datuk Mustapha Ali, companies still employing foreigners can be fined under the Private Agencies Act 1971.

“There is no need for foreign workers in the security industry because there are many local workers who can serve as security guards.

“Why do we still take in foreigners to take care of us and our homes? Are we confident with the training and experience they have? It is an offence to hire foreign workers as security guards,” he told Bernama here yesterday.

He said this when asked to comment on the need to employ foreign labour to the point of incurring expenses to the government in terms of management and costs.

Mustapha, who is also Security Services Association of Malaysia (PPKKM) deputy president, wants all quarters including residential management not to compromise or use foreigners as security guards.

“We know foreign labour is cheaper than our locals, but we must remember that lower cost does not necessarily promise security.

“We don’t know the background of foreign workers and should they be arrested by police or Immigration, their employers can be charged. If anything happens, who will take responsibility?” said Mustapha, adding this differs from the construction sector which needs more foreign workers for national development. — Bernama