Security firms plead for govt help

GEORGE TOWN: Several security firms here are in a fix following the government directive that foreign workers undergo Covid-19 screening.

Security firm owner Abdul Kadir Mohamed Noor hoped the government could subsidise the screening cost to reduce the firms’ burden.

“We have been badly hit as many companies have stopped using security guards during the movement control order (MCO).

“Any form of financial assistance will definitely help us tide over this difficult period,” said Abdul Kadir whose company supplies security guards to multinational companies in Bayan Lepas and Prai.

Kesavan Annimalai, a manager of a security company with about 100 foreign workers, said it was not financially viable to bear the cost.

“How do we pay for the screening of all the workers, which amounts to RM20,000 if each test costs between RM200 and RM300?

“We did not have any business in the last two months but we still paid the workers’ salaries. We are not in any financial position to fork out more money,” he said.

Last week, Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said that Social Security Organisation would bear the cost for the tests for 60% of foreign workers who contributed to the organisation.

Previously, Security Industry Association of Malaysia president Datuk Seri Ramli Yusuff said security firms would comply with the government’s directive for compulsory Covid-19 testing on all foreign guards.

He said it would take a few weeks to do the test on all legal Nepali security guards, adding that security companies were adhering to the National Security Council’s directive.

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