Malaysia's top security areas under guard by foreigners
STRAITS TIMES Singapore
Monday, February 3, 2003
Top security areas under guard by foreigners
The Home Ministry has told airports, radar stations and water and power plants to remove these guards
PUTRAJAYA - Foreign workers are being used to guard some top security areas and installations in the country, the Home Ministry says.
A government committee on security which made the discovery has told the relevant agencies to remove these workers.
The foreigners have been working as security guards at highly sensitive areas such as airports, radar installations and power and water plants.
Home Ministry secretary-general Aseh Che Mat, who chaired the Security Key Points Committee meeting here on Friday, said the committee was disturbed to find that some high security plants in Sabah used foreign guards.
This practice, he said, could not be condoned and the government would take the necessary steps to make sure that it did not recur.
He said foreign workers were not allowed to work as security guards, let alone at high security and sensitive areas such as airports, radar installations or facilities belonging to Tenaga Nasional Bhd, Telekom Malaysia Bhd and water authorities.
A total of 408 installations in the country have been classified as security key points.