Published by The Star
BY JOSHUA FOONG
LONDON: Raised in a dangerous neighbourhood in Klang, Datuk Seri Juniur Khoo Gee Chong had a deep-rooted desire to help fight crime.
This led to him forming Chico Force and the steely CEO is now filling a void in the local security industry in a tie-up with a renowned British security firm.
Regalis Group, which is in charge of security for the coming London Olympic Games, will collaborate with Klang-based Nation Preventer Academy, set up by Chico, to train bodyguards and security guards and also draw up a regulatory standard for local security firms.
“With safety being such a big concern these days, there is a need to upgrade our security training to international standards.
“It is high time we tapped into such expertise,” Khoo said after signing an agreement with Regalis managing director Erdal Koyuncu in the presence of Malaysian High Commissioner to Britain Datuk Seri Zakaria Sulong here.
Representatives from the academy have just concluded a month-long intensive course by Regalis instructors.
Khoo said the agreement was also in line with initiatives by the Malaysian Government to significantly improve important aspects of the people’s lives with emphasis on safety and security.
“We have already begun a security revamp in a pilot project for the Health Ministry at Hospital Tengku Ampuan Rahimah in Klang.
“We have reduced the number of security personnel to cut costs for the Government but have introduced new technology to do a better job,” he added.
Koyuncu said security personnel in Britain had to have formal education and be equipped with specific expertise.
“We will provide training in Malaysia with the curriculum to be audited by the UK’s Security Industry Authority,” he said, adding that a meeting would be sought with Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein.
Zakaria urged security firms in Malaysia to take advantage of the tie-up to upgrade their services.
“I hope this collaboration between both firms will see the profession grow in quality and reputation back home,” he added.