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The Malaysian Safety Industry Association (PIKM) estimates that 400 security management companies could be badly affected and 50,000 security services personnel could lose their jobs if the Contact for Service (CFS) policy is implemented in the government sector. -- NSTP/MOHD YUSNI ARIFFIN

PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Safety Industry Association (PIKM) estimates that 400 security management companies could be badly affected and 50,000 security services personnel could lose their jobs if the Contact for Service (CFS) policy is implemented in the government sector.

Its president, Datuk Seri Ramli Yusuff, said the CFS would cripple the industry which had invested a lot of time and money in providing training for security guards.

“We hope to get clarification from the government,” he told a press conference here today.

“We have invested a lot of money and time to train our guards for the Certified Security Guard (CSG) training.

“Many of them will lose their jobs if the government implements this policy.

“Many of our guards are from the bottom 40 income group and are retired police and military men.

“They are very concerned and worried over this talk about CFS policy.”

Ramli added the association had already sent a letter of clarification to the Finance Ministry, Education Ministry and the Public Service Department. However, he said, the association had not received any response so far.

“Before this rumour turns out to be true, we want to take a stand that we do not agree with this.”

Ramli said security guards were the nation’s third line of defence after the military and police, and CFS was compromising the national interest in terms of security.

The association’s treasurer Sofia Johari explained that if CFS was implemented, the budget for security would be given directly to the ministry, which would be channelled to their stakeholders such as schools, which would be allowed to directly hire security guards.

“Our sources have informed us that the Education Ministry would be the first to implement this.

“If this is true, it will put the safety of students and teachers at risk, because when direct hiring is done, the quality is unknown.

“Whereas with us, all security guards have to go through a stringent selection process.

“All we want is a clarification from the ministries, mainly the Finance Ministry as they are involved directly in this since the main reason for implementing is to reduce the budget for security,” she added.

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