Kawalan Prima licence revoked but operating as usual

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 30 — The security company whose licence was revoked a day after its guard shot and killed an AmBank officer a week ago, is still operating as usual.

The Malay Mail visited the bank branch in USJ Sentral 2 in Subang Jaya yesterday and saw a guard from Kawalan Prima Sdn Bhd on duty.

This was despite Home Ministry senior deputy secretary-general Datuk Alwi Ibrahim’s announcement that Kawalan Prima’s licence had been revoked.

An AmBank spokesman said that Kawalan Prima was still authorised to provide services as the firm was only given a show-cause letter from the Home Ministry.

The security firm refused to comment on the rogue security guard, who was an Indonesian with a fake identity card.

It did say, however, despite claims that its licence had been revoked, it was functioning as usual.

“We explained the situation to the necessary people and they know we have done nothing wrong. That is all that matters,” said the company’s legal officer who refused to be named.

The bank staff, meanwhile, were apparently unhappy that a guard from the same firm was still working there, but they refused to elaborate citing company regulations.

Following last Wednesday’s robbery, the bank was closed for two days and resumed operations on Monday.

The latest security guard told The Malay Mail that he had been redeployed from another bank in SS14, four days after the shooting incident.

Checks showed that the security firm provides more than 600 security officers, including armed guards, to various banks and establishments.

In the incident last week, Norazita Abu Talib, 37, a bank employee for 16 years, was shot in the face with a pump-gun while at the bank’s vault.

The 37-year-old suspect had been working as a guard with another bank for a year and had occasionally served as a replacement at the AmBank branch where the robbery occurred.