As reported in today's Star. The article highlights two incidences where security guards were murdered by robbers that occurred in Klang. One case in Kapar and another in Teluk Gong. We are located in the middle of two locations and the threat to our security is everyone's concern. Are our guards prepared in case of emergency?
Most security guards are ‘sitting ducks’
PETALING JAYA: Security guards provided with a baton, whistle and torchlight while on duty, are merely ‘sitting ducks’ in the event of armed robberies.
As such, the Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) is concerned for their safety as many guards ended up as statistics to vicious gun-toting robbers.
It said that apart from some banks and financial institutions, most establishments, especially small-and-medium industries employed senior citizens without basic training as guards.
In view of this, MTUC vice-president A. Balasubramaniam said the government should draw up comprehensive guidelines pertaining to the employment of security guards to ensure their safety and that of their clients.
“There is a need for such guidelines as many security guards were killed on the job during armed robberies because of a lack of protective measures.
“Providing them with a baton, whistle and torchlight is tantamount to little or no protection at all.
“Their safety and that of those they protect must be ensured by the government,” he said here yesterday.
Balasubramaniam quoted a recent incident where a 43-year-old security guard was murdered during a robbery attempt in Kapar, Klang, and another killed in Telok Gong, Klang last month.
“In both cases, none of the guards was adequately equipped to protect themselves,” he said. — Bernama