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KOTA KINABALU, Jan 14, 2015:Being a domestic helper may not be anyone’s dream job but for sisters Juliana Makrin and Juana, it was an opportunity to gain experience and move a step closer to their ambition. Graduating from a four-month domestic helper course, organised by the Resource Development and Information Technology Ministry, the young lasses believed they are on the right track towards their dream of owning a nursery. “The course has been very beneficial as apart from learning how to handle domestic work, we also learned how to work with children with special needs.

“This fits in well with our plan to have a nursery in the future,” said 21-year-old Juliana. Both Juliana and Juana were inspired to have their own nursery after helping out their auntie at her centre back home in Kampung Bawang, Pitas, in the northern part of Sabah. In the meantime, while trying to save up money to have their own nursery, 19-year-old Juana said: “We plan to take up other courses offered by the government, especially that which will take us closer to our dream.” The sisters were among 25 participants who graduated from the course, which entered its third year yesterday. Resource Development and Information Technology Minister Datuk Siringan Gubat said the programme was introduced to offer job alternatives to youths in Sabah, besides reducing their migration to seek work elsewhere. “The domestic helper sector has been monopolised by foreigners, but we believe locals are equally good at taking up the task. “It would save the employer a lot of money in paying for the levy to secure a foreign maid,” he said when met at the graduation ceremony. Gubat also described the course as a success based on the number of applications from people seeking domestic helpers who had graduated from the ministry’s programme.

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