A security guard's dream in Beijing
"Beijing is my home and my dream is to be an excellent security guard," Zhu Liang Yu, a 42-year-old security officer in Beijing with a master's degree, said when talking about his lifelong dream.
Zhu, also a deputy to China's 12th National People's Congress (NPC) from Beijing, proposed at this year's two sessions that the government exert more efforts to raise security guards' income and draw up practical guide prices on security services.
"An ordinary security guard in Beijing can earn only between 1,500 yuan (US$241.9) and 2,500 yuan (US$403.2) per month, and 80 percent of them live in basements," Zhu said.
Zhu, who was chosen to represent China's 4.5 million security guards at the NPC in 2013, also hoped the country could attach more importance to the security service industry and show more respect for this group.
"Each year, about 30,000 security guards across the country suffer work-related injuries and more than 20 die in line of duty," he noted. "I hope the government can offer them more benefits to raise their sense of belonging and help them make up their minds in doing the security job on the long term."
He said, "I am a migrant worker-turned NPC deputy and I will always stand for migrant workers."
Zhu is special among his peers as he is a security guard with a master's degree in law. He was only a high-school graduate 21 years ago when he first came to Beijing, but the diligent young man first got his junior college diploma and bachelor's degree through self-study, and then went on to receive a master's degree in law from Beijing Administrative College.
Zhu, who is probably the most famous security guard in all of China, set a good example for migrant workers who are seeking to realize self-development and wish to change their destiny.
The man has never thought of changing his job, not even after getting his master's degree. He explained, "No matter what one does, if you are dedicated you will achieve something in the end."
However, Zhu never expected that he would take up a job as a security guard 21 years ago and continue do it throughout the decades.
In 1993, Zhu came across an advertisement recruiting security guards to work in Beijing via the only black-and-white TV set in his hometown, a small village in Shandong Province.
Then the 21-year-old poor guy went to Beijing, and became a staff member of the Beijing Security Service General Company Haidian Branch. His job responsibilities covered a wide range of areas. He would serve as entrance guard for residential communities, patrol office buildings, put out fires and stop thieves.
Zhu still remembers the first time he was on duty. He said, "Early in the morning that one day, I politely asked a couple entering the residential community to show their ID cards. However, the male rudely refused my request and the female even insulted me."
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