KOTA KINABALU: Jobless youth can register with eKasih programme without any problems soon.
As of now the procedures are too rigid which is based on families income where in urban areas below RM1,500 and in rural area less than RM1,000 Deputy Works Minister Datuk Rosnah Abdul Rashid Shirlin, said.
“I have brought up the suggestion to Datuk Rohami Abdul Karim (who is Minister of Women, Family and Community Development) to relax the procedures,” said Rosnah who is also the Member of Parliament for Papar during the presentation of certificates to 44 eKasih trainees at a hotel yesterday.
They completed their trainings in post natal massage and sliming (24 persons), reflexology (10 persons) and spa therapy (10 persons) courses conducted by Excellence Skill Academy (ESA) in Papar.
She said the opportunities to work as a masseur is very demanding in Sabah as now we faced a shortage of trained manpower to tap into this lucrative market as we still need to import from Indonesia.
Rosnah hopes the local youth can be given the opportunities to train under the eKasih programme to upgrade their economy and her parliamentary office is ready to help in the registration exercise and reach out to the youth in the outlying areas.
She also called on the eKasih name lists to be updated and standardised nationwide to make sure only those who really deserve it are selected to attend the training programme.
“I think we should carry out the programme in two prong where the youth can walk-in to register and attend the training session immediately because youth had an attitude when come to registration as most of them reluctant to come forward,” said Rosnah.
State Labour Department director Kamal Pardi, said the department was assigned to carry out training programmes on employability, cooperating with non-governmental organisations, clusters and train and place.
To date, they have carried out 22 clusters training programmes including one in Papar, he said.
Meanwhile, ESA manager Stella Matuya, said the academy has been producing skills workers in the past and worked closely with the government to meet the demand in the local market.
“Past participants had gone on to open up their own businesses and due to their discipline and skills, most of them have maintained their enterprises thus far,” Stella said.- By Bosco Wong/Sayangsabah.