The News Straits Times
KUALA LUMPUR: Cuepacs has called for a minimum qualification requirement of Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) for safety and security officers hired by public universities.
The public sector union body said the move was essential as universities experience high traffic volume and as such, security officers would need a certain level of knowledge and command of English to be able to interact with the visitors effectively.“Security officers with SPM qualifications should be given grade KP17, which entitles them to a RM947 per month salary,” said Cuepacs president Datuk Omar Osman.
He said with the proposal the Penilaian Menengah Rendah (PMR) requirement for guards in the KP11 and KP14 grades should be abolished.Omar also proposed for universities’ director of safety be placed in the KP54 grade instead of the current maximum KP48 grade for permanent staff and KP52 for contract staff.
“Priority to fill the director of safety post should be given only to permanent and pensionable staff,” he said in a press conference after a two-day review of Public Universities Safety and Security Officers Scheme.Omar said there were about 4,000 security officers working in public universities nationwide and more than 10,000 security officers working for local authorities, federal, state and statutory bodies.He said other proposals made included changing the designation from “assistant security officer” to “junior security officer”, for university management to provide five uniforms a year instead of three and monetary incentives for officers whose shifts is between midnight and 7am.
“They are sacrificing their normal resting time and their health will take a beating over a long period of time. They should be given extra incentives subject to the capacity of the government,” he said. The proposals at the two day meeting will be consolidated with other public service transformation proposals at a workshop from June 12 to 14 in Muar, Johor and will be submitted to a special commission of public service transformation and the Public Service Department.