Killer guard: Firm recruits guards, banks not allowed to, says AmBank
Updated: Saturday October 26, 2013 MYT 12:11:36 AM
KUALA LUMPUR: Recruiting security guards to work in the banking sector is mostly carried out by a Kuala Lumpur-based firm which provides security services, said AmBank Group senior general manager (group corporate, communications and marketing) Syed Anuar Syed Ali.
He said most banks in the Klang Valley used the services from this particular firm whenever they needed security guards.
“We neither have the power nor are we authorised to appoint security guards…this is (solely) done by the firm.
“(Nevertheless) For the time being, we have not received any information on the guard. In fact, even we are waiting for the police to give us detailed information (on the guard),” he said when contacted by Bernama.
Meanwhile, AmBank Group chairman Tan Sri Azman Hashim, in a statement, conveyed his condolences to the family of the victim, Norazita Abdul Taib.
“On behalf of the AmBank Group, we would like to offer our deepest condolences, our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the deceased at this very difficult moment,” he said.
The statement added it was working closely with the police with the investigations.
On Wednesday, bank officer Norazita, 37, was shot dead by the bank’s security guard while opening the vault at its strong room in Jalan USJ Central 2, Subang
She was shot in the face at point-blank range by the killer guard who was armed with a pump-action shotgun at 6.18pm.
The police have launched a hunt for the guard who is believed to have escaped with RM450,000 taken from the vault.
Three suspects, including the guard’s wife, have been detained.
In view of the incident, Home Ministry senior deputy secretary-general (security) Datuk Alwi Ibrahim revoked the security firm’s operating licence as initial investigations revealed it had hired the guard.
Meanwhile, Security Services Association of Malaysia president Datuk Shaheen Mirza Habib said security firms should follow proper procedures when employing armed guards.