Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Instead of going to college and earn a measly RM2,000 if you are lucky, why not become a bodyguard and earn RM5,000 with no paper qualification to chase

More money changers are now hiring bodyguards to protect themselves and their families from criminals and rival groups.

Johor Bodyguard Association secretary Mohd Firdaus Moham-med Amirrudin said previously, politicians topped the list of those who employed bodyguards but the trend had recently changed.

There have been several reports involving money changers being robbed recently.

Mohd Firdaus said the association received many applications from money changers who wanted to have a bodyguard for security.

"Most of our members are former police officers and soldiers who have years of experience as bodyguards," he told The Star after the association's annual general meeting here yesterday.

Mohd Firdaus said the association would usually conduct checks on their clients to ensure that they themselves were not involved in criminal activities.

"Only after that do we send our bodyguards to them," he said.

He also said the association would also carry out checks on new members to ensure they had no criminal records.

Mohd Firdaus said their clients also preferred hiring female bodyguards to protect their wives and children, adding that many were not comfortable having male bodyguards to watch over their wives and daughters.

"In Johor, we have about 53 members and only two are women.

"The association encourages more women to become bodyguards as there is a demand for them," he said.

"We would work with the Home Ministry and other government agencies to promote the association and encourage more people to join the industry especially women," he said, adding that a bodyguard earned about RM5,000 (S$2,067) a month - The Star