LAST_UPDATESun, 22 Jul 2018 9pm

Home Ministry Identifies Security Companies Suspected Of Employing Abu Sayyaf Members

PUTRAJAYA: The Home Ministry has identified security companies, suspected to have been employing Abu Sayyaf group members.

Its secretary-general Datuk Seri Alwi Ibrahim said however the level of involvement of these companies were still under investigation by the ministry and the police.

"If the findings show that these security companies have been negligent in their hiring process of security guards, their license can be revoked," he said in a statement today.

The ministry has set several tight regulations in the hiring process of workers in security companies in the country, he added.

"One of it is that all security companies must validate the biometric authenticity of the MyKad of candidates applying to be security guards at the National Registration Department (NRD) before hiring.

"Authenticity of MyKad and its owner can only be verified through biometric validation in NRD," he explained.

The Home Ministry has also made it compulsory for security companies to conduct safety screening based on the Private Agencies Act 1971, Alwi added.

"Therefore, the ministry warns all security companies to observe the regulations and guidelines set in hiring workers.

"Companies are reminded to always verify the MyKad of the candidates to be employed as security guards," he added.

The ministry has warned that there will be no compromise should any company be found to have employed workers who have connections with terrorist groups, he added.

Earlier today, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun was quoted as saying that the Federal police Special Branch Counter Terrorism Division has nabbed 45 foreign terrorist fighters linked to international terror groups between Jan and Oct 6.

He said the arrests were proactive measures taken by police after intelligence revealed that Islamic State (IS) remnants had been instructed to infiltrate other countries to launch attacks after losing their bases in the battlegrounds of Iraq and Syria.