KUALA LUMPUR: Owners of security companies providing their services to the government have demanded payments of hundreds of millions of ringgit for services rendered.
Security Industry Association of Malaysia (PIKM) president Datuk Seri Ramli Yusuff hoped the government would focus on the plight of security companies in Budget 2023.
“Security companies face a huge problem as they have not been paid for school security guard contracts since April. We hope the government will prioritise dealing with such overdue payments,” he said.
Ramli said he feared that the 903 member companies in PIKM would be unable to survive if the payments were not settled.
“On top of that, our members are also owed about RM87mil in streamlined fees for 2016, 2018 and 2020, given the increase in the minimum wage,” he added.
“Security companies are feeling the pressure to make ends meet given the financial constraints.”
He said most association members were retired ex-policemen and ex-Armed Forces personnel who found it hard to acquire banking facilities.
Retired Senior Police Officers Association of Malaysia president Datuk Meor Chek Hussien Mahayuddin hoped the government would address the housing issue faced by the police force.“In a city like Kuala Lumpur where the cost of living is very high, we urge the government to allocate funds for more quarters for police personnel,” he said.
He also called for the salaries of policemen to be revised in Budget 2023.