KOTA BARU: Ten days after school security guards in Machang took to the streets to air their grouses over irregular payment of wages, the security services company has finally paid them in full.
Security guard Mohd Mahyidin Mahmud said they were overwhelmed as they collected their unpaid back wages.
"We did not get payslips. But we got our August and September back wages," he said.
The irregular wage payment affected 50 guards stationed at eight schools in Machang.
The guards staged a peaceful protest on Oct 14, weeks after the company paid them half-month wages in August.
A day after the guards picketed outside the Machang district education office, the security services company paid the guards RM240 each.
The balance was paid on Wednesday (Oct 24).
"Payment was made even to the family of one of our colleagues (Md Asri Mahmuud) who passed away on Friday (Oct 19)," he said.
Mohd Mahyidin said all of them had suffered for weeks because of the irregular payment.
"Some had to borrow money to feed their families. One of our colleagues had been living without electricity for more than a month as supply was disconnected when he failed to pay the bills.
"Those renting a place suffered sleepless nights fearing they would be kicked out of their homes," he said.
Mohd Mahyidin said they could finally breathe a sigh of relief, for now.