Monthly Archives: January 2016

We Have A Facebook Page!

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Yes, we do! There isn’t many Likes right now and there isn’t much content either. But I am sure it will grow. Especially when you click “Like” after reading this post! ūüôā

For now, I am only posting links to news articles about the private security industry and my thoughts about work. But if you have any requests, please let me know.

When (and if!) my book gets published, I will be putting up pictures and articles (such as book reviews) related to my book.

So please visit Guards Gone Wild! on Facebook!

Teck Y. Loh

Waiting

Last year, on the 21st of December, I submitted Guards Gone Wild! to 4 publishers based in Singapore. They each have their own time frames for reviewing and selecting manuscripts.

The first two said 8 weeks on their websites.

The third, and that’s the one who sent me a hopeful-sounding response when they first received my email, said 4 months on their website.

The last one, one of the biggest in Singapore I think, said no more than 6 months. Read the rest of this entry

Security Guard Owed Salary, Can’t Get Help

Apparently, this relief guard working for Aspect Security Management Pte Ltd failed to obtain owed wages from his employer. And after going to the Ministry of Manpower (MOM), he was told that MOM¬†cannot help him in any way, as he’s an independent contractor.

A police report was filed, but I doubt that will be helpful when it comes to recovering owed wages.

I am sad to say that this is a common enough story in our industry. In 2003, when I was working as the assistant supervisor at a mall, the guards there were suffering from the same problem. They continued to work only because their employer at the time was buying nasi lemak for them. Read the rest of this entry

Rage!

And this is also about racism.

Today, for the first time in a long while, I felt like beating the crap out of someone. Correction. Not someone, but two guards. Sour and Sourer.

Sourer rubbed me the wrong way right from the get go. Even though we are both agency guards, he talked down to me and ordered me around like he’s a supervisor. Fine. I could deal with that.

Sour was slightly more bearable.

But they are both equally deserving of a thorough thrashing. That was what I thought this morning and this is what I am thinking now, so many hours later. Read the rest of this entry

A Lollipop Gentleman

I am going to a new school tomorrow. Apparently they need an extra guard to hang around at the traffic light to guide children to safety. I think they are called lollipop ladies or something like that in Britain.

In other news, I just discarded a bag I have been using for the past 5 years. Been with me to all sorts of work sites. Condominiums. Shopping malls. Schools. Read the rest of this entry

Back To Work

Well, today I got back to work after taking a long break to work on my manuscript.

I have to say… I still can’t get used to 12-hour shift work! And I don’t think I ever will.

At least when I was doing factory work, we were rewarded with a 4-day break after working 3 consecutive 12-hour shifts. And a 3-day break after 4 consecutive 12-hour shifts.

Security guards in Singapore work six 12-hour shifts in a week. a 72-hour work week. Read the rest of this entry