KOTA BARU: School guards in Machang and Kota Baru took to the streets to air their grievances over unpaid wages.
They participated in peaceful protests outside the Machang District Education Office building and outside SK Zainab 1 yesterday.
The guards claimed they were last given only a half-month pay in August.
One of them, Mahidi Mohamad, appealed for mercy.
“It is not our intention to blame anyone. But please, understand the hardship we are facing when our salaries are not paid.
“Some risk being kicked out of their homes as they could not pay their rent.
“Electricity to some homes have been cut off because of failure to pay the bills. We need to feed our children, too. I hope they stop giving excuses and pay our salary,” said the 45-year-old guard.
Another guard stationed at a school in Kota Baru claimed they were told to seek financial assistance from the zakat centre.
“We get our salary in cash. No pay slip is provided. And they have not paid our salary since Hari Raya,” claimed a guard who spoke on condition of anonymity.
A security company representative in Machang, who declined to be named, claimed they would start paying the guards in stages from today.