Nepalese security guards are due to lose their monopoly over Malaysia’s security industry, recent Malaysian media reports suggest.
According to Malaysian home ministry’s existing policy, only Nepalese nationals can be employed as security guards. But the policy, which was apparently enacted in 2006, is due to be revisited by the government so that security guards from India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Pakistan could be employed legally.
There are apparently 24,000 security guards currently registered in Malaysia. The growing demand of the industry meant thousands of illegal foreigners were employed as security guards without proper training and qualification. As a result, the authorities are said to have conducted a total of 347 operations between 2013 and March 1 this year detaining 1,116 illegal security guards and 26 employers.
“We may have to look at other source countries that have a good supply of security guards with military background, such as Sri Lanka,” deputy home minister Nur Jazlan Mohamed was quoted as saying a recent report published by The Asian Age. He further added that the job was previously reserved only for Nepalese nationals because of their reputation as fierce Gurkha soldiers.
Speaking to The Star, Security Services Association of Malaysia (PPKKM) adviser Datuk Seri Shaheen Mirza Habib on the other hand claimed that there were enough Nepalese security guards within Malaysia. “There are enough Nepalis to work as guards for the local market. The ministry needs to clean up the illegal ones first before opening up another market,” the online version of the Malaysian newspaper quoted him.
Security industry insiders are not happy with the Malaysian home ministry’s reported preference of potential Sri Lankan security guards for security reasons. ”PPKKM and Asian Professional Security Association (APSA) president Datuk Seri Mustapa Ali said they would have preferred the ministry to look at Bangladesh or Pakistan as source countries, as companies had raised concerns about the risk of hiring Sri Lanka Tamil Eelam supporters as guards,” The Star further said in the report.