Tue, 21 Nov 2000

Civilian guards seek new job

MAKASSAR, South Sulawesi: At least 250 members of the civilian guards or Kamra rallied at the provincial legislative council on Monday to express their fears of an uncertain fate following their dismissal.

Claiming to represent 2,000 Kamra in the province, the protesters asked the provincial councilors to urge the government to provide them with new jobs when their contract expires on Dec. 31.

One of the councilors, Adnan Tiro, said the demand would be discussed in a commission meeting.

"One thing is for sure, we don't want to see them unemployed," he asserted.

Kamra was established early last year under the initiative of then Minister of Security and Defense Gen. Wiranto to help maintain security as the police were lacking personnel.

A similar rally took place in Yogyakarta two weeks ago, staged by representatives of Kamra members across Java, Bali, East Nusa Tenggara and South Sumatra. (27/lup)