KUALA LUMPUR: Problems of registering care centres will be among the matters to be dealt with by a special Cabinet committee for protecting vulnerable groups, according to women, family and community development minister Rina Harun.
She said care centres had difficulties with the procedures and conditions set by different local authorities, which also involved different ministries.
She said her ministry would work with the local government ministry and local authorities to improve registration procedures.
“My ministry is not the sole authority involved in the approval for the setting up of care centres. In fact, it involves the inspection and evaluation of technical agencies, including the local authorities, the health department and the fire and rescue department,” she said today.
She said difficulties in obtaining an operating licence would result in many unregistered care centres being in operation.
She said a health screening test for caregivers and care centre staff will also be considered by the special committee to ensure that the caregivers have a good level of mental health and are not prone to neglect, abuse and persecution of those under their care.
Yesterday, Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced the setting up of a special committee to safeguard the welfare of children, disabled persons, women and senior citizens.