THE PRIVATE SECURITY SYSTEM FOR SCHOOLS COST RM2 BILLION BUT DID NOT FUNCTION PROPERLY!
THE PUBLIC ACCOUNTS COMMITTEE (PAC) WILL QUESTION THE EDUCATION MINISTER ABOUT THE FAILED SCHOOL SECURITY SYSTEM.
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NO, OUR CHILDREN AND GRAND CHILDREN ARE NOT SAFE IN SCHOOL! While certain people are pocketing money, we get old or, in some cases, non-existent security guards.
The spotlight is now on the Education Ministry’s weak tender system following the revelation by the Auditor-General that it wasted RM2.052bil on sub-standard security services from 2010 to 2012, with some contractors saying the weaknesses had given rise to allegations of kickbacks.
The issues included KualaLumpur based security firms being given contracts in states where they did not even have branches or state representatives to ensure these hired guards were actually carrying out their duties.
The security contractor claimed that each contract for one zone would be worth between RM90,000 and RM130,000 per month, depending on location and the salary paid to the guards. Each contract is effective for a three-year period.
“The MOE can be the biggest cash cow for those interested in making money because they have assets everywhere,” he said, adding that the contractors needed inside connections to get the jobs.
Kickbacks would have to be given to those giving out the contracts and the agent, said the contractor. Each would receive 2.5% of kickbacks from the total worth of the contract.
“If you get a contract worth RM100,000 in one zone you will have to give RM5,000 in kickbacks or commissions every month. There is no way you can get a contract otherwise,” he claimed.
There are 10,094 schools nationwide.
The 2012 Auditor-General’s Report has revealed severe mishandling of RM2.051 billion with regard to hiring security contractors for schools between 2010 and 2012.
From poorly prepared contracts to hiring of septuagenarians as security guards, the auditor-general said the management of security services in 35 schools and hostels surveyed was generally unsatisfactory.
The audit, which involved schools in Selangor, Perlis and Sabah, found that the contracts were not uniform and did not state specific requirements set by the Education Ministry.
In some schools, the audit found that contractors had breached the terms of their contracts by hiring security guards who are too old, unfit, dressed inappropriately, ill-equipped and had not been subjected to background checks.
Nineteen of the 35 facilities visited by the audit team did not have anyone guarding the entrances and people were seen entering and exiting freely.
The audit team found that the Education Ministry was not keeping proper tabs on the implementation of the security project and failed to penalise errant contractors.