members to face the music
THE Security Services Association of Malaysia (SSAM) would like to take
action against those unscrupulous members who franchise their licences to
third parties pending approval by the Registrar of Societies (ROS).
SSAM president Datuk Shaheen Mirza Habib said there were indeed black
sheep among their 350 members.
“To save costs, these third parties usually employ immigrants – legal or
illegal – to work as security guards.
“As such, they are able to offer low rates to the residents associations
that asked for security services,” he said.
It is difficult to prove that the members are franchising their licences
as they often appoint the third party as “branch manager”.
“We can check the bank accounts of both – member and the third party – but
it can be a tedious process,” Shaheen said.
Under the current circumstances, SSAM can only advise, but cannot warn,
fine or expel its members even if they are found to be responsible for
However, this situation will hopefully be a thing of the past soon.
“In our last annual general meeting in February, we decided to amend our
“We would like to set up a disciplinary committee to suspend or fine
“It will probably take a few more months, subject to the approval of ROS,”
Under the law, it is prohibited to employ foreigners (except Nepalese) to
work as security guards, and the locals must be citizens and not permanent
“Our government only permits 4,700 Nepalese to work as guards in our
country, and each security firm can only have 5% of Nepalese in their
total guard force.
“The strict regulation specifies that only those Nepalese with permits to
work as guards can be employed. Those with cleaning or plantation permits
cannot work as guards,” Shaheen said.
To curb such misconduct, Shaheen said the onus was on the residents
associations to ensure that they engaged proper security firms for their
gated and guarded schemes.
However, the current trend is to call up a few firms to get their
quotations, and then employ the one that suits their budget.
”Sometimes, they may be short of funds, so they tend to go for the cheaper
one, but you get what you pay, really,” Shaheen said.
The residents associations are strongly advised to do a background check
on the security companies by calling up SSAM.
They are encouraged to report any misconduct to the association, too.
“For instance, you can report to us if you suspect that the security firm
is employing foreigners as guards.
“Our secretariat will investigate and if found to be true, we will report
the firm to the Home Affairs Ministry for further action,” Shaheen said.
As for trained guards, Shaheen pointed out that the ministry specified
that at least 65% of a company’s total guard force must be trained.
Otherwise, they would not be able to renew their annual licences.
“It is improving. Previously, it was only 20% and the figure may increase
in the future.
“A company usually takes in a guard and then observes him for a period of
time. If he sticks with the job and is deemed suitable, then only he is
sent for training,” Shaheen added.
The SSAM has a training academy in Bangi, providing three-day training
sessions six times a month.
The syllabuses include duties of a security guard, their rights, usage of
baton and whistle and basic medical knowledge.
Shaheen, who is also the executive director of Securiforce, said it was
not easy to safeguard a housing area.
“To achieve maximum results, you need to fence up the neighbourhood and
install CCTV cameras.
“Eight out of 10 residents may be paying now but slowly, nobody pays in
the end,” he said.
SSAM is located at 708, Block A, 7th Floor, Kelana Business Centre, Jalan
SS7/2, Kelana Jaya, Petaling Jaya.
It can be contacted at 03-7804 7359 or visit http://www.ppkkm.com/.