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Penan youths eye career in seafaring
Tarikh : 04 Feb 2020  Sumber Berita: "The Borneo Post"
 

(From right) Jeffery, Roseli and Larry all eager to undergo training.


MIRI: Three Penans are among 50 youths sponsored by the State Planning Unit to take up Marine Deck Apprenticeship 25/2020 at Pelita Maslaut Maritime Training Centre in Lutong.

Jeffery Melai, Roseli Gau and Larry Langup are all from Baram.

“Seafaring as a future career is a quantum leap for the
Penans as the majority of us are usually working at the longhouses and in the rural areas – not at sea,” Jeffery told The Borneo Post after attending the briefing on the three-month course at the training centre here yesterday.

 

Masni (seated, seventh left) joins the new trainees and their parents in a group photo at Pelita Maslaut Maritime Training Centre in Lutong.

Jeffery, who hails from Long Pelutan and has four siblings studying in SMK Long Lama, said an advertisement on the course attracted him, as he saw it as an opportunity ‘to see the world’.

The 19-year-old hoped to become a deck man upon completion of the course.

Meanwhile for Roseli, 23, being a seaman had always been his ambition since school days, despite all his brothers working in the timber industry in Baram.

“I will make sure that the three-month training would be fruitful and show my family that we can also adapt to changes – from working on land to working at sea,” said the native of Long Lunyim.

Just like Roseli, Larry is the first in his family to take up seafaring as a career.

According to the 23-year-old Penan from Long Sayan, his eight siblings are either in agriculture or in timber industry.

Present at the session yesterday were Pelita Maslaut Sdn Bhd Managing Director Masni Amit and Councillor Abdullah Jaini.

In his remarks, Masni said opportunities should be created to train more youths for career opportunities in the maritime industry.

For the upcoming course, 25 trainees will undergo training in Lutong while the other 25 will attend the course in Sibu.