The first batch of 25 trainees taking part in a four-month household management course enrolled at AMC College yesterday. The training course is part of the government’s initiative to reduce the reliance on foreign maids in the state.
Minister of Resource Development and Information Technology Datuk Siringan Gubat expressed confidence that the initiative would lead to many local people being fully trained to perform household tasks efficiently.
“For too long we have relied on foreign maids, who currently number more than 10,000 working in Sabah,” he told reporters after launching the program. He said Malaysians should employ local domestic helpers instead of foreigners.
Leading the initiative, Siringan said the government aims to address the shortage of domestic helpers in the country by training local home assistants who have been taught specific skill sets.
With local workers, employers no longer need to worry about paying levies, visa applications and other hassles that hiring foreign maids involve.According to Siringan, students will receive training on basic housekeeping skills, such as basic knowledge of nutrition, how to respond to security and emergencies, how to care for babies, senior citizens and disabled persons.
“Once employed, the participants come under the protection of the Sabah Labour Ordinance and are entitled to a minimum wage of RM 800 per month,” he said.
The ministry has allocated RM 375, 000 for the training programme with RM 15,000 for each participant enrolled in the pilot project conducted by the AMC School of Business.