Over 100 applications to set up nurseries in govt buildings

The government says it encourages nurseries to be set up at the  work place to help parents.(Bernama pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: The Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development have received 101 applications from government agencies to set up nurseries in the work place.

Its deputy minister Hannah Yeoh said the applications were received between Jan 24 and Feb 7 in line with a RM10 million allocation to set up 50 new nurseries in government buildings as announced in the 2019 Budget.

“This is among our efforts to boost nurseries to ensure the security of children,” Yeoh said in the Dewan Rakyat today, in response to a question from Siti Zailah Mohd Yusoff (PAS-Rantau Panjang).

As of January, there were 4,466 nurseries registered under the ministry.

On a question from Alice Lau Kiong Yieng (PH-Lanang) on the proposal to build a nursery in the Parliament building, Yeoh said the ministry was still waiting for the proposal.

“Deputy Prime Minister (Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail) had a meeting with the Speaker and stated that Parliament is the place where the law is enacted. This message is important for the whole of Malaysia to see that the place where the law is made has the infrastructure to encourage women to become elected representatives,” she said.

On the RM1,200 minimum pay to caregivers, which affected monthly cost for the low income group (B40) to send their children to nurseries, Yeoh said the Ministry of Human Resources was scrutinising it.