Security firm ordered to shut down

Secret societies sometimes treated as part of community. – AFP pic
Secret societies sometimes treated as part of community. – AFP pic

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct  31 — Security firm Kawalan Prima Sdn Bhd will have to cease operations today and surrender its firearms to the police immediately.

Failure to do so will result in the police raiding the company’s premises and seizing all weapons.

Deputy Home Minister Datuk Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said the security firm has to comply as the company’s operating licence was revoked yesterday.

His statement comes following revelation by The Malay Mail that Kawalan Prima guards were still stationed at the AmBank branch in Subang Jaya yesterday, where one of its guards allegedly shot dead a female bank officer before escaping with about RM450,000 from the bank’s vault.

The rogue guard, an Indonesian, had not been vetted by the Home Ministry as required by law.

Following this, the ministry issued a statement that the company's licence had been revoked.

However, Junaidi clarified yesterday that only a show-cause letter was issued to the company last Friday, and that the company replied on Tuesday.

"But the ministry decided today that Kawalan Prima will not be allowed to operate (as of today). They have to surrender their guns to the police immediately," he told The Malay Mail.

He added that the company risks police action if they fail to do so.

In last Wednesday's incident, bank officer Norazita Abu Talib, 37, was shot in the face with a pump-gun by the guard when she opened the bank's vault with another female officer.

The security guard, who used the name Ardi Hamza, escaped with the cash.

The Malay Mail also revealed that the guard was an Indonesian from Sulawesi and had been staying in the country for at least 10 years.

He used a fake MyKad and is also said to be a compulsive gambler. He was believed to have been in debt.

Police have so far arrested 11 people in connection with the case, including the suspect's wife, and recovered RM20,000, believed to be part of the loot.