copied from the star online ; (Friday,January 2,2009)
KUALA TERENGGANU: Some 119 support staff in several schools in the state became jobless when the Education Ministry privatised cleaning and security services in schools.
After meeting the affected workers yesterday, state Cuepacs chairman Azih Muda said: “We appeal to the Government to reabsorb them on a full-time basis, as many have school-going children and loans to service.”
“Most of them are breadwinners,” he said. “And, they will find it difficult to look for alternative jobs, especially during this period.”
The workers, mainly gardeners and security guards, had served the schools for more than two decades.
They had been verbally told two weeks ago that their contracts, which ended on Dec 31, would not be extended, and were given letters of termination over the past week.
Azih added that the affected workers had appealed to the ministry through the principals of their respective schools. So far there has been no response.
this article reminds me of a support staff who works in my alma mater, smkatj. he got 6 children to raise up with his monthly salary less than rm 500. ( it was in 2004 the moment he told me) . his wife is a full time housewife, she’s not that well to work and the whole family fully depends on Rm 500 per month. what if he,too, is downsized??
a matter to be wisely rethought.. there are still people who might be left completely destitute once they lose their jobs. do not simply ignore them just because we so look forward to perfection.
afterall,it’s just my poor soul who’s talking..