MANAMA: An appeal has gone out for His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa to intervene and save private security companies from closing down and dismissing Bahrainis. Owners of 14 such companies called on the Premier to issue directives to the Labour Ministry to this effect. They said the ministry has disregarded their repeated calls for consultations to reach a satisfactory formula for recruitment and a Bahrainisation percentage to suit the nature of security guard work. Bahrainis had turned away from becoming security guards and they said they had requested the ministry to reconsider the Bahrainisation percentage. They presented recommendations to address the shortage of Bahrainis in the field, notably, reducing Bahrainisation in this sector for a temporary period while raising work visa fees for an expatriate security guard to BD300.
Police jeep torched
MANAMA: A police jeep was torched last night in Demistan as thugs attempted to block roads after setting tyres on fire. Sources said the jeep was burnt after policemen teargassed a group of vandals who were throwing firebombs at them. They said no one was injured in the attack but traffic was disrupted. In another incident, vandals exploded a gas cylinder in Shahrakhan at around 10am. Sources said no one was injured but the loud noise of the blast created a scare in the area. At several other places, including Sitra, Eker and Nuwaidrat, thugs blocked roads by burning tyres and garbage bins.