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KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 4, 2015:

Security service firms who leased or sold their licences to other operators risked having the approval revoked immediately, said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

In issuing the stern warning, Ahmad Zahid, who is also the Home Minister, said he would not provide any warning to those found doing so as he would not hesitate to cancel the licences instantly.

“They should not blame me but themselves for the cancellation,” he said in his speech during the Asian Professional Security Association (APSA) dinner at the Royale Chulan Hotel here this evening.

The dinner was also jointly-organised by the Security Services Association of Malaysia (PPKKM).

Despite the warning, Ahmad Zahid said overall, the licensed security firms had been fully compliant with the Home Ministry, especially when it involved participation in the Certified Security Guards (CSG) Training Programme.

He said the firms had achieved full compliance with the programmes, which required them to send their guards and officers to attend a special course on security.

Following the commendable compliance, Zahid said he aimed to make it a new condition to renew licences of firms automatically if they had sent 100% of their guards to the CSG programme by year end.

“This would be an encouragement for PPKKM members and APSA’s Malaysian chapter,”

“And I hope there would not be any company that appeals to have their licences reinstated as I will not compromise with any of them who breach the terms that we have imposed,” he said

Ahmad Zahid said he would also push for the association’s request to introduce a floor price for services soon.

He added that the industry involved over 126,000 personnel nationwide.

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