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Singapore: ILS will not pose any safety or security risks to Pasir Gudang port
SINGAPORE (Dec 12): Singapore Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan has stressed that Singapore's plans to introduce an Instrument Landing System (ILS) for Seletar Airport will... [...]
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Muhyiddin thanks security forces for keeping the peace
KUALA LUMPUR: Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has congratulated the security forces and government agencies overseeing security on the Icerd (International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination) rally around Jalan Raja here today, for a job well done. [...]
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Muhyiddin congratulates security forces, govt agencies on peaceful ICERD rally
Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has congratulated the security forces and government agencies overseeing security on the ICERD rally for a job well done. — Picture by Shafwan Zaidon KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 8 — Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has congratulated the security forces and government agencies overseeing security on the ICERD (International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination) rally around Jalan Raja here today, for a job well done.He was also pleased with the police’s approach in facilitating the gathering in accordance with the provisions under the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012.“The ‘thanksgiving’ gathering on the Government’s decision not to ratify ICERD took place in a peaceful setting, without any undesirable incidents.“I also congratulate the police, Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) and all government agencies involved in controlling public safety and peace during the rally,” he said in a statement.He also thanked the organisers and participants of the gathering for a peaceful assembly and for giving full cooperation to the authorities.Meanwhile, Muhyiddin said in line with the spirit of ‘New Malaysia’, he wished to reiterate the government’s stand to always respect the people’s right to speak out and gather peacefully, in accordance with the provisions under the law and the Federal Constitution.Kuala Lumpur police chief Datuk Seri Mazlan Lazim was reported to have said that 55,000 participants were present at the rally, and the programme went on smoothly and safely without any undesirable events.Among the Opposition leaders present at the event were former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, Umno president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang.Organisers of the rally had previously said that the gathering was held as a sign of ‘gratitude’ to the government’s decision not to ratify the convention, and subsequently defending the Federal Constitution.On November 23, the Prime Minister’s Office issued a statement saying that the Pakatan Harapan-led government would not ratify ICERD and would continue to uphold the Federal Constitution to defend the social contract that had been agreed upon by all races during the formation of this country. — Bernama [...]
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Umno security volunteers told to look out for rally saboteurs but to exercise restraint
Umno Youth chief Datuk Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki speaks ahead of the anti-ICERD rally near Sogo Sogo in Kuala Lumpur December 8, 2018. — Picture by Ahmad Zamzahuri KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 8 — Umno Youth members who have volunteered as security detail for the anti-ICERD rally have been told to keep an eye out for attempts to sabotage the gathering.Umno Youth chief Datuk Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki issued the instruction during his briefing for the group this morning.“Please do not allow bad elements to sabotage our peaceful rally today.“If there are any racist or religiously-inclined placards, quickly confiscate them, but I implore you to exercise restraint when doing so,” he said.Asyraf also reminded those present that they were here today to show to the government that they are fully against the ratification of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD).“We are here to show that the masses cannot be fooled by certain quarters who intend to bring outside elements into the country,” he said.Asyraf said there are about 10,000 security volunteers from Umno, PAS and other non-governmental organisations.The Umno Youth security volunteers wear red shirts to differentiate themselves from the rally participants who are urged to wear white.Earlier today, PAS Youth volunteers under its Jabatan Amal Malaysia gathered at Masjid Jamek to be briefed on keeping the peace.Clad in their maroon uniforms and berets, they were told to prioritise safety above all else and urged to cooperate with local authorities to deal with troublemakers. Roughly 500 members of Unit Amal PAS wait at the National Mosque for anti-ICERD thanksgiving rally to start in Kuala Lumpur December 8, 2018. — Picture by Azril Annuar Some 3,000 people gathered at the iconic Masjid Jamek at around 11:20am with some people arriving as early as 2am in anticipation of the rally.Adorn in a white baju melayu, rally participant Mohd Rahim Ghazali, 31, who hails from Alor Setar, said he had arrived in the capital days earlier for the rally.“I have been in the city for the past two days along with some of my family members. We are excited to see this many Malaysians gathered in one place to show the government that we don’t agree with ICERD,” he said.Various roadside stalls and hawkers have set up in front of the mosque, all along Jalan Tun Perak up until the intersection heading towards Dataran Merdeka. [...]
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Tight security for India mosque destruction anniversary
Indian security personnel keep watch on a street during the 26th anniversary of the demolition of the Babri mosque, in Ayodhya. — AFP photo AYODHYA, India: Some 2,000 baton-wielding Indian police were on duty in the flashpoint city of Ayodhya yesterday to prevent any clashes around the anniversary of the destruction of a mosque. Hindu zealots reduced the Babri mosque to rubble in 1992, kicking off riots across India that left thousands dead, most of them Muslims, and the future of the site has become a major touchstone issue in Indian politics. Standing behind yellow steel barricades, police yesterday were seen checking vehicles and stopping some passers-by for questioning as they sought to prevent any flare-up in violence. Watchtower guards and security cameras were trained on the ruins of the Babri mosque and its surroundings. The disputed site is protected by a high steel fence. Many Hindus believe Ayodhya marks the birthplace of the deity Ram, and that the mosque that stood there for 460 years was only built after the destruction of an earlier temple. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) came to power in 2014 pledging to construct a temple on the site, but the issue remains tied up in the courts. Modi, running for a second term in 2019, has faced some disquiet from his core supporters who feel that he has not done enough for the cause, despite his parliamentary majority. Uttar Pradesh’s state premier Yogi Adityanath, a firebrand monk who has long campaigned for the temple, has also unveiled plans to build the world’s largest statue in Ayodhya — a 221-metre bronze Ram. On an average day, a few thousand Hindu devotees visit the makeshift temple that was established after 1992. But yesterday fewer devotees could be seen. Muslim groups meanwhile held small commemorations of those who lost their lives in 1992. “All we want is peace and harmony. Muslims and Hindus of Ayodhya have always lived in harmony but it is the politicians who stoke hatred for their electoral gains,” said Mohammed Shahzad who runs a meat shop in the city. “The mosque in my neighbourhood was attacked during the riots in 1992. Our home was set on fire, we somehow managed to save our lives. We don’t want a repeat of the violence at any cost.” Kalyani Ubhe, a tourist, said: “A temple must be built here. It is a matter of Hindu faith and devotion. We have a right to pray at the birthplace of Lord Ram.” A statue will be a “bonus”, said Shyam Madho, a 70-year old Ayodhya resident. “The statue will serve the purpose of tourism. It’s the temple which is the main thing. First a temple must be built then the statue.”— AFP [...]
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Bintulu Port leads the way in international security code
Photo shows the ‘Best Performance Award in CEP’ for 2016 to 2017. BINTULU: Bintulu Port Sdn Bhd (BPSB) has been recognised by the Ministry of Transport as the leading organisation in the implementation of the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code in Malaysia. Port marine facility security officer Supt (Auxiliary) Elvis Tulu, who is responsible for developing, maintaining, implementing, and conducting exercises relating to the ‘Port Facility Security Plan’, was top amongst 105 other candidates nationwide. He was conferred the ‘Best Performance Award in Continuous Education Programme’ (CEP) for 2016 to 2017 in conjunction with Maritime Security Week 2018. Bintulu Port Holdings group chief executive officer Datuk Mohammad Medan Abdullah said he hopes the accomplishment will promote a wider awareness of an organisation’s shared roles and responsibilities in preventing security threats not only domestically but also internationally. “We are humbled to receive this award and to be acknowledged by the governing authorities as exemplary contributors to the implementation of International security standards in Malaysia,” he said. He said the honour conferred on Elvis is indicative of the company’s growing success in instituting operational excellence initiatives, such as addressing the need to continuously improve internal competencies and sowing greater levels of professional standards throughout the organisation. “Receiving the award for Best Performance in Continuous Education Programme serves as a strong encouragement in our journey towards developing world-class capabilities for the port,” Medan said. The ISPS Code was introduced by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) and prescribes responsibilities to governments, shipping companies, shipboard personnel, and port or facility personnel to detect saecurity threats and take preventative measures against security incidents affecting ships or port facilities used in international trade. The purpose of the code is to enhance maritime security by outlining minimum security standards for ships and port facilities, and to also establish an international framework for cooperation in efficiently collecting and sharing information to detect security threats such as terrorism. In Malaysia, the ISPS code falls under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Transport. However, since the implementation of the code also involves security issues, the National Security Council (NSC) under the Prime Minister’s Department is responsible in determining the security levels required in consultation with the Malaysian Marine Department (Mardep), which is the designated authority responsible for the implementation of the ISPS Code. [...]
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Arsenal news: Europa League tie with Vorskla Poltava MOVED to Kiev amid security concerns
ARSENAL’s Europa League clash with Vorskla Poltava on Thursday has been moved to the city of Kiev. [...]
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Calm prevails as security stepped up after temple chaos
KUALA LUMPUR (Nov 27): Calm prevailed for most of the day following chaotic scenes at the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple in USJ 25, Putra Heights,... [...]
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From parcel delivery to security, Singapore bets big on drones
Staff members of Singapore technology firm H3 Dynamics preparing to fly a drone to inspect a building facade in Singapore, on September 9, 2018. — AFP pic SINGAPORE, Nov 25 — Hi-tech Singapore is planning to roll out a swarm of drones for tasks that include delivering parcels, inspecting buildings and providing security, but safety and privacy concerns mean the initiative may hit turbulence.Companies have already started testing the devices for commercial use, mainly in an area of over 200 hectares (500 acres) dotted with high-rise buildings and shopping malls, specially designated by the government for the trials.It is part of the affluent city’s drive to embrace technological innovation, as well as an effort to tackle a manpower shortage in a country of just 5.6 million, which relies on foreign migrant workers in many low-paying sectors.Commercial use of unmanned aerial vehicles is already taking off around the world, in areas as diverse as crop-spraying and surveying for insurance claims, but Singapore’s push represents a particularly ambitious bet on the technology.Singapore’s civil aviation authority has got behind the project, saying it recognises the potential for drones “to transform mobility and logistics”, and is working with industry players as it seeks to shape regulations for the sector.During recent tests, a drone buzzed through the air, snapping pictures of a tower block’s facade, trials for a system that could see laborious human inspections of the city’s ubiquitous high-rises replaced by automated checks.“Today’s existing building inspection process is extremely slow, expensive, tedious, prone to accidents, fatigue and human error,” said Shawn Koo, chief technical officer of H3 Zoom, a unit of the firm H3 Dynamics, which is behind the tests.Such inspections are typically carried out by workers from South or Southeast Asia, who hang precariously outside buildings on platforms suspended by ropes.The new system will see high-resolution images taken by drones and analysed to check for defects, with inspections taking a few days rather than a few weeks, as they do at the moment. H3 Zoom hopes to fully launch the inspections next year.Robotic guardsDrones are also being tested as robotic guards by local firm ST Aerospace.At its command centre, screens show a simulated security breach in a fence. A black drone is deployed, which chases an intruder while transmitting live images that direct security officers towards him to make an arrest.Tests have also been carried out for drone parcel delivery while a hospital operator plans to use the devices to transport blood samples and specimens between its hospitals and central laboratory.But transforming the futuristic vision into reality faces hurdles. The prospect of having a drone suddenly whizz by your apartment or office has sparked privacy concerns in the land-scarce city.Angry Singaporeans called for police to investigate after a video circulated on social media in September showing a recreational drone flying close to a residential building, while some private condos have banned the devices.Koo from H3 Zoom conceded that many people still had “misconceptions” about drones: “Some might view it as a spying vehicle, others might think drones are out there to do harm.”Safety concernsFlying recreational drones is popular in Singapore, although permits are required in certain circumstances.But commercial drones present more challenges when it comes to safety, as they often fly over longer distances well beyond the sight of their human “pilots”.This requires flight paths to be planned and the use of private communications channels, while takeoff and landing sites must be built.“The main challenge is to address the risks to people on the ground and the risks to airplanes flying in the air, and the risks of colliding with a building,” Teong Soo Soon, programme director of the UAV business unit at ST Aerospace, told AFP.Despite the ambitious plans, it will be some time before all the ideas currently being tested are rolled out.Simpler tasks like building inspections and security surveillance look set to be launched commercially next year.But for situations where drones need to fly safely across Singapore — such as with parcel delivery — it could take three to four years as regulations are put in place, Teong said.Industry players nevertheless see a bright future and are already getting inquiries from as far afield as South America about their technology.“A successful Singapore story will help us promote our (drone system) internationally,” said Teong. — AFP [...]
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Armed drones, iris scanners: China's high-tech security gadgets
An employee from the China National Aero-Technology Import and Export Corporation shows a member of the Mozambican military a model of the V330 drone. ― AFP pic BEIJING, Oct 28 ― From virtual reality police training programmes to gun-toting drones and iris scanners, a public security expo in China showed the range of increasingly high-tech tools available to the country's police.The exhibition, which ran Tuesday to Friday in Beijing, emphasised surveillance and monitoring technology just as the Communist government's domestic security spending has skyrocketed.Facial-recognition screens analysing candid shots of conference attendees were scattered around the exhibition hall, while other vendors packed their booths with security cameras.More innocuous applications, like smart locks for homes and big data applications to reduce traffic congestion, also occupied large swathes of the conference.But the high-end devices on display highlighted the emphasis that China has put on equipping its security forces with gear of the future.Megvii, an artificial intelligence company backed by e-commerce giant Alibaba, demoed different pairs of “smart” sunglasses, which sound an alarm when they spot a suspect.And they don't come cheap ― one pair costs around 20,000 yuan (RM12,106), according to an employee manning Megvii's booth.Similar eyewear made global headlines in February when police in the central city of Zhengzhou used them to spot potential suspects in a crowded train station.Multiple companies also showed off iris scanners, which specialise in detecting and matching unique patterns on the iris, the coloured part of the human eye.“From fetal stage to adolescence to adulthood, the iris stays the same,” James Wang, marketing director at IrisKing, explained to AFP.Compared to fingerprinting and facial recognition, the error rate for matching irises is also lower.“Since iris recognition is done in vivo, it's also very hard to fake,” he added.Big spending China spent an estimated 1.24 trillion yuan on domestic security in 2017, a 12.4 per cent increase from the year before, according to a March report by Adrian Zenz, a China security expert at Germany's European School of Culture and Theology.Bolstering security in China's minority regions has been a priority, according to Zenz's report.In Tibet, where numerous Tibetans have self-immolated in protest at Beijing's policies over the years, domestic security spending rose more than 400 per cent between 2007 and 2016 ― almost double the growth in spending across all provinces and regions for the same period.In the restive northwest region of Xinjiang, where the government has used an array of surveillance equipment, the security spending spree ballooned nearly 100 percent in 2017 ― twice its spending on healthcare, according to Zenz.A UN panel has cited estimates that up to one million ethnic Uighurs and other Muslim minorities have been placed in internment camps in Xinjiang, a charge rejected by Beijing, which says it is combating separatism and religious extremism through vocational education.Killer drones The rapid deployment of surveillance-focused technology across China is not new ― police in Guiyang tracked down a BBC reporter in just seven minutes for a report on the southwest city's network of cameras last year.But the security expo shows how broadly technology is being applied to a variety of challenges for the country's public security forces.A Shenzhen-based tech company called ZNV is using video analysis, such as the detection of facial “micro-expressions”, to analyse emotional responses. One application is police interrogation, though the product is still in the pilot stage.At a booth run by the First Research Institute of the public security ministry, conference attendees took turns trying a VR game meant to teach police about proper firearm usage. One attendee waved around a fake gun in a simulated takedown of thieves who had robbed a fruit shop.Feedback from public security departments has been very good, said Gan Tian, the chief marketing officer at Wuhan-based tech company KitSprite, which is partnering with the First Research Institute.For instance, using VR, practical training of standard procedures can be conducted “in an unlimited time and space”, Gan told AFP.So far, the ministry has over 30 VR training modules for police, all developed by KitSprite.In the pursuit of high-tech police products, however, some companies seem to have got a little carried away.For instance, drones developed by Harwar, a Shenzhen-based company, can come with a number of add-ons, including a “net gun module” that launches a net to ensnare criminals on the run. ― AFP-Relaxnews [...]
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Ministry: Security concerns like stolen passports led to Malaysia Hall canteen’s cordon in London
Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah said several thefts including the theft of passports had been reported to have occurred there frequently, prompting such action to be taken. — Picture by Azneal Ishak KUANTAN, Oct 27 — The closure of the Malaysia Hall canteen in London to foreigners is due to security factors, said Foreign Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah.He said several thefts including the theft of passports had been reported to have occurred there frequently, prompting such action to be taken.“However, the decision does not affect or involve Malaysian nationals as they only need to present their identification documents to enter (the Malaysia Hall canteen)...there is no problem for them.“If they come with foreign nationals, the matter can be considered at the discretion of the personnel involved,”he told reporters after officiating the Futsal Championship for Indera Mahkota Parliamentary constituency at Gelanggang Futsal Kampung Tiram, here today.Saifuddin dfisclosed this when asked to comment on the media report yesterday on the closure of the Malaysia Hall canteen to foreigners and the stricter security checks on Malaysian nationals wishing to have their meals there.Saifuddin also described the Malaysia Hall canteen operating at Bedford Row, London as unique because it was the only embassy that opened its canteen to outsiders wishing to have local food at subsidised prices.When asked to comment on the differing statement by Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Abel Ahmed Al Jubeir regarding the status of the RM2.6 billion given to former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, he said the matter depended on the investigation to be carried out.“The differing statement made by Abel in 2016 was not within my jurisdiction and I believe the investigators can evaluate his statement...what is important is that he will cooperate on the issue,”he said.Saifuddin also explained that his meeting with Abel yesterday was the second after the one at the United Nations (UN) assembly in New York last month.“In New York, Abel had confirmed that the money was not from the Saudi Arabian government or King Salman’s family and yesterday, I did not ask, and yet he repeated the same statement,”he said.Commenting on the crossing of Jeli Member of Parliament Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed into Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) last night, Saifuddin who is also head of the Pakatan Harapan (PH) Secretariat, said it happened within the principles agreed upon by all parties in the coalition.“PH has the Presidential Council and there had been discussions on the entry of leaders and members of the other parties including from Umno who wished to join any party within the PH.“There are two principles held by the PH namely, all parties are free to manage their own affairs and the developments occurring within the respective parties will be reported periodically at the Presidential Council.“We believe every party has its own wisdom on whom they want to bring into their party,” he said adding that the next Presidential Council meeting is scheduled for November 3. — Bernama [...]
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Man Utd news: Jose Mourinho in fresh security issue after Old Trafford walk
MANCHESTER UNITED boss Jose Mourinho was stopped from having his players walk with him to Old Trafford for their Champions League clash with Juventus on Tuesday for security reasons. [...]
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Muhyiddin says cops told to draw up new rules pending repeal of security laws
Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin at Parliament in Kuala Lumpur October 24, 2018. — Picture by Azneal Ishak KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 24 — The police have been directed to formulate new procedures for repressive laws that the government intends to repeal, said Home Affairs Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.He explained that the move was to ensure there will be no misunderstanding from the public that the Pakatan Harapan government was cruel and irresponsible by continuing to enforce such laws.“Until these laws are repealed, I have asked the police to prepare new SOP so that there would not be a misunderstanding.“This is a temporary step so that the police will not act as if the laws are still in effect like before,” he told reporters at the Parliament lobby, here, today.MORE TO COME [...]
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Study reveals Malaysians’ top three data security concerns
86 per cent of Malaysians are extremely concerned about identity theft — unauthorised access or misuse of personal information. — AFP pic KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 24 — Malaysians are now more concerned about data security issues — identity theft, credit card fraud and internet viruses or hacking, according to the 2018 Unisys Security Index(TM).86 per cent of Malaysians are extremely concerned about identity theft — unauthorised access or misuse of personal information.In term of bank card fraud, 86 per cent are similarly concerned about other people obtaining or using their credit/debit card details.While 80 per cent of surveyed Malaysians show that they are concerned about internet viruses or hacking.These security concerns vary by location with a larger proportion of people living on the Peninsula concerned about the three data security issues whereas in East Malaysia, they are still more concerned about the physical threats of natural disasters and war or terrorism.Based on the index, the security concerns of Malaysians is 215 out of 300 (300 represents the highest level of concern) — unchanged from 2017 and Malaysia is the third highest level of concern of the 13 countries surveyed, behind the Philippines and Colombia, a statement said.Women are more concerned than men, younger people aged 18 to 24 years are more concerned than those aged over 55 years and those on low incomes are more concerned than Malaysians on high incomes.“The high Unisys Security Index for Malaysia reflects the growing awareness of data security issues that are likely to impact consumers directly,” said solution director Financial Services, Unisys Asia Pacific, Ian Selbie.He added that Malaysians are more open to embracing digital identities and to engage with government organisations than with banking or commercial entities.“This indicates that Malaysian financial service providers need to gain trust and build consumer confidence in the new types of integrated financial services that will be available in the coming open banking environment,” Selbie said.The 2018 Unisys Security Index is based on online surveys conducted Aug 19 to Sept 3, 2018 of nationally representative samples of at least 1,000 adults in Malaysia, Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Colombia, Germany, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippines, US and UK. More details at www.unisyssecurityindex.com.my. — Bernama [...]
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Police to tighten security when court delivers decision on Musa’s suit on CM post
Tan Sri Musa Aman before his swearing-in ceremony as Sungai Sibugai assemblyman at the State Legislative Assembly in Kota Kinabalu September 5, 2018. — Picture by Julia Chan KOTA KINABALU, Oct 23 — Sabah police will tighten security at the Kota Kinabalu Court Complex and Sabah Administration Centre when the High Court delivers its decision on former Sabah Chief Minister Tan Sri Musa Aman’s suit challenging Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal’s appointment as the new Chief Minister, on October 25.Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Omar Mammah said the police had received information that supporters of the two leaders would gather at the two locations.“Supporters of the two parties (government and opposition) are advised not to utter any word that can create provocations and threaten public order to prevent untoward incidents.“The police will not hesitate to take action against those who violate the laws,” he told reporters after visiting Kota Kinabalu Police District headquarters here today.He said as security measures, policemen on duty had also been instructed to conduct security screening in the areas involved.On June 6, Musa, who is also Sungai Sibuga assemblyman, filed a fresh suit against the Sabah Governor and Shafie, in place of the suit filed on May 17, seeking a declaration that he (Musa) was the rightful Chief Minister of Sabah.Musa sworn in as Chief Minister on May 10 after securing simple majority in the 14th general election, but lost the majority when several assemblymen from his party (UMNO) and from a Barisan Nasional component party (UPKO) jumped ship to give their support to Parti Warisan Sabah lead by Mohd Shafie. — Bernama [...]
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Security firms seek RM300m overdue payments from govt
There are 50,000 security guards stationed at the country’s 12,000 schools. — Picture by Sayuti Zainudin KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 20 — Government agencies and ministries’ failure to pay over RM300 million to around 600 security firms in the last six months has caused the shuttering of some companies that supply security guards, an industry group has said.Security Services of Association president Datuk Seri Mustapa Ali reportedly said the non-payment to the security firms was a “long-standing issue and one that really burdened the companies, forcing 30 per cent of them to close down”.“Our member companies employ 300,000 security personnel.“When they don’t receive their payments, the companies still have to pay their workers and make EPF and Socso payments.“They also have to service their respective bank loans, including mounting interest payments,” he was quoted as saying by local daily The Star.Mustapa said the group originally wanted to organise a strike for security guards over the delayed payments, but said it has decided not to hold such a protest.“However, as some of the ministries have settled the overdue payments, we are not going to protest.“If things are not settled within the next few days, then we will decide on further action,” he said.In a separate report by local daily New Straits Times, Mustapa said many security firms had to “fork out their own savings” and with some even taking up loans in order to pay their employees amid the delayed payment.NST reported Mustapa as saying the government should not use Treasury Instruction 58 which allows ministries to defer payment, urging government agencies and ministries settle their bills within 14 days of receiving invoices for security services just like other industries to avoid “glitches” in security firms’ operations.Mustapa said the association wants a review of the allegedly lopsided contracts between the country’s 800 security firms and the Home Ministry, which he said had resulted in unreasonable expenses for the companies which were caused by the overdue payments, NST reported.He reportedly made his remarks after the security firms met with government representatives from the Home Ministry, Finance Ministry, Education Ministry, the Royal Customs Department and the Employees Provident Fund, among others.Noting that there are 50,000 security guards stationed at the country’s 12,000 schools, NST also reported that Education Ministry representatives had said the ministry would settle a backlog of payments due up to this November by tomorrow.The Star quoted Mustapa as saying that the association will meet with the Attorney General’s Chambers soon to renegotiate contracts. [...]
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