Security company responsible for guards’ salaries, says health ministry

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KUALA LUMPUR: The health ministry yesterday clarified that all salary payments for security guards at the Putrajaya Hospital are under the purview of a security company, following claims that contract personnel there had not been paid since September.

Secretary-general Dr Chen Chaw Min said the ministry signed a two-year agreement with the company on June 1, 2017.

“Based on the agreement, the company is responsible for paying salaries, Employees Provident Fund contributions, overtime pay, etc to security guards in accordance with the provisions of the law, including the Employment Act 1955 (Act 265) and any subsidiary legislation,” he said in a statement.

Chen said the ministry had paid the company for its services from June 1, 2017 to Nov 30, 2018, and there were no outstanding payments nor complaints from the security guards that they had not been paid their salaries.

He said the agreement with the company was terminated with effect from Dec 16 via a service termination notice dated Dec 12 after the company was found to have violated several terms.