Polling centres opened at 7.00am (0230 GMT) across the war-torn country, with some 54,000 security forces deployed to protect them.
Melaka Health and Anti-Drug Committee chairman Low Chee Leong says 10 HFMD cases were reported at three child care centres in Alor Gajah and two at a child care centre in Melaka Tengah.
James Nayagam says shariah and civil laws must be aligned in the best interests of children in matters such as child marriage and care.
Opening other centres on the southern rim of the Mediterranean, as some EU states want, would take time.
The Shiloh centre, which specializes in services for children and youths with behavioural and emotional problems, did not respond immediately to a request for comment.
The centres had standardised their fees in SS19, Subang Jaya, and run foul of Malaysia Competition Commission rules.
Members told to be more aggressive in reaching out to voters.
A lack of proper role models and professional counsellors in day-care centres set up in schools will negate the whole point of having such centres, say experts.
MIC president Dr S Subramaniam says this scheme, involving RM16.8 million in scholarships, was organised by MIC Youth in collaboration with leading private higher education institutions which came up with the amount.