KOTA KINABALU – Malaysians should employ local domestic helpers instead of foreigners, said Minister of Resource Development and Information Technology Datuk Siringan Gubat in his speech during the presenting course completion certificates to 25 newly graduated domestic helpers at Wisma Bandaraya, Kota Kinabalu, here today.
“Currently we have more than 10,000 foreign maids working in Sabah. We have relied on them for too long and I think it is time for us to have our very own local domestic helper,” he said.
He also expressed confidence that the programme would lead to many local people being fully trained to perform household tasks efficiently and create a platform for the development of women.
The demand for domestic helpers over the years had been increasing in Sabah, Siringan said that this will be an alternative for Sabahans to find jobs.
The programme, which involved 25 trainees who came from Tambunan, Keningau, Papar, Kota Kinabalu, Likas, Tuaran, Tamparuli, Ranau, Kudat, Kota Marudu, Pitas and Putatan was completed on 2nd January.
The trainees were given three months in- house course and one month practical training that was conducted by the Human Resource Development Department.
Most of the previous batch of domestic helpers have already been hired by employers during their practical training. The others are expected to get a job from interested employers who were keen to hire them through the programme’s special committee headed by the ministry Permanent Secretary Datuk Bruno Vun.
Christine Joanes, 22, from Keningau, said the programme gave her opportunity to gain experience in preparation for her to have her own nursery.
“People might think that this job is not glamourous or does not pay well but if you see it in a positive side there are endless opportunity.
“I always wanted to open my own nursery and the programme is a stepping stone for me to achieved my dream,” she said.
The range of salary for the domestic helpers starts from RM800 a month and with at least one off day a week.
The graduates from this programme would be under the monitoring of the Ministry’s special committee and protected under the Sabah Labour Ordinance and working under the Minimum Wage Policy. – By Fizah Yusof/SayangSabah