Indian community eyes RM500,000 in Johor’s budget

  • Metro News
  • Wednesday, 02 Oct 2019

State unity, domestic trade and consumer affairs committee chairman Dr S. Ramakrishnan (second left) handing over a certificate to a student at the Caregiver Academy International Sdn Bhd event at Jen Hotel, Puteri Harbor.

ISKANDAR PUTERI: The state government is being asked to allocate RM500,000 to uplift the Indian community in the coming Johor Budget 2020 expected to be tabled next month.

State unity, domestic trade and consumer affairs committee chairman Dr S. Ramakrishnan the main focus of the allocation is to nurture more entrepreneurship programmes, especially for those involved in the digital economy.

“We are looking at courses that are geared for the future, something innovative, different and futuristic. That is our endeavour.

“Priority will be given to those who are involved in the digital world like application developers, where we can help in terms of expanding their market reach, ” he said.

He said this after handing over certificates to 40 students from Caregiver Academy International Sdn Bhd at Jen Hotel, Puteri Harbor.

Ramakrishnan pointed out that it is important to nurture “future-based” skills that are needed by the industry so that more people can benefit in the long run.

“We will also help other courses in the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) programmes but we will not focus on skills that do not have demand, ” he added.

Meanwhile, on the programme, Ramakrishnan said that caregiving is one of the sought-after skills needed in the future.

“The whole world is heading towards an ageing population. That is why we can see countries such as Japan have started investing in robots as caregivers.

“But I strongly believe that human interaction is still the best care the elderly or people with disabilities can get, so that is why these caregiving skills are going to be needed in the future, ” he said.

Caregiver Academy International Sdn Bhd founder and managing director Dr Edward Subramaniam said students receive the American Caregiver Certificate after completing a three-month caregiving course.

“The certificate is internationally recognised and they are going to be placed at caregiving institutions such as Columbia Asia, ECON Medical Centre and Nursing Home, Gleneagles Medini and Regency Specialist Hospital.

“The students undergo programmes that are specifically developed to prepare them to be health or personal care aides while developing the knowledge, skills, and attitudes of caregiving per industry standards, ” he said.

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