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Security guards get special day to mark their contributions

Move comes amid severe manpower crunch in sector

Published on Jul 25, 2014 7:59 AM
Security guards at the inaugural “security officers day” yesterday, pledging to help the police protect lives and properties. -- PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI FOR THE STRAITS TIMES

About 25 security guards were absent from their regular posts yesterday morning but they were not skiving or on strike. Instead, they were taking part in the inaugural "security officers day".

The Security Association of Singapore (SAS) picked yesterday - July 24 - to honour security guards because they work round the clock, or 24/7.

Speaking at the event, SAS president T. Mogan said security guards were not people who were unsuccessful in joining the police force. "You protect and save lives," he said.

The move to recognise the contributions of security guards comes amid a severe manpower crunch in the sector. Industry players estimate that some 50,000 guards are needed but only about 40,000 are currently working.

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Sometimes they look down on us and don't recognise the work that we do. I feel uncomfortable and discouraged sometimes but I'll keep doing the job because security guards play an important role.

- Security guard Ho Siew Lan, on public perception