PETALING JAYA: Mountain guides that aid climbers up and down the mountain are facing tough times following the earthquake that struck Mount Kinabalu on Friday.
The guides, some of whom have been hailed as heroes, risked life and limb to keep climbers safe, are now jobless until the mountain is deemed safe again.
Mount Kinabalu Guides Association (Pemangkina) chairman Richard Soibi said the guides' income would be affected.
"They earn only about RM800 a month but now there are no trips up the mountain.
"The families of the fallen guides are not only struggling to cope with the lost of their loved ones, but they have also lost their main source of income," he said when contacted Sunday.
Despite this uncertainty, Soibi said the guides are still working selflessly to aid search and rescue missions.
"They are the true heroes in this," he said.
He added that there are currently 250 guides registered with Pemangkina.
Soibi said Pemangkina is raising funds to help ease the burden of the victims of the tragedy and their families.
"Those who wish to contribute can donate directly to our CIMB bank account no. 8005609923 or contact me at 019-808 3349," he said.