| Lyna Mohamad |
THE Security Industry has shown positive growth given the rising number of companies and employed locals joining this field. Registered security agencies must also maintain quality as a top priority to gain the client’s confidence.
This was highlighted by Commissioner of the Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF), Dato Paduka Seri Bahrin bin Mohd Noor during the 4th annual get-together session with the Security Agency Licensing Section and Security Agency Business Licence Operators at the Officers Mess of the Royal Brunei Police Force Headquarters in Gadong. To date, 19 registered business licences have been issued with 3,665 locals employed in this field.
“The establishment of the Security Agency Licensing Section is in line with the introduction of the Security Agency Act, Section 187, enforced on June 1, 2000. Eight business licences were issued for the operation of Security Companies.
“On this note, licences must be renewed before the expiry date. This year, a security company was ordered to seize operations while waiting for its application to be considered. It was also prohibited to provide any security services,” he said.
On the recruitment of employees who have failed to pass through the required security screening, companies were told to understand how such acts could potentially harm the industry’s image and lose their client’s trust. However, the licensing section will continue to monitor security agencies and ensure they comply with stipulated rules and regulations. Officers and members of the licensing section will also conduct random interviews with security personnel.
During the event, various concerns were raised such as delays in salary payment and “offers” not to participate in Employees Trust Fund (TAP) and Supplemental Contributory Pensions (SCP). Hence, to ensure the welfare of security employees in this aspect, the licencing section will continuously collaborate with TAP to ensure that local staff participates in TAP and SCP.
The Police Commissioner, in his capacity as the licensing officer, also invited the Labour Department to work closely together and ensure that companies are well aware of the labour laws and regulations. Issues such as duty and leave affairs, working overtime, late salary payment and employee’s welfare must be addressed and looked into. Security companies will only reap its rewards in providing top-notch performance if they successfully produce and maintain a quality workforce. This does not only involve providing reasonable salaries, promotion opportunities, annual increment but also training both local and abroad to motivate the employee.
There were also talks by the Head of Security Agency Licensing, Supt Pang Teck Ann; Managing Director of TAP Dyg Norliah binti Hj Kula and Acting Deputy Director of Labour, Awg Shariful Bahri bin Hj Sawas.