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PM’s wife: “Govt agencies should build more day care centres”

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Malaysian women could increase their productivity if government agencies expanded nurseries and day care centres, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor has said.

The Prime Minister’s wife, who is also the patron of the Wives of Civil Servants and Women Civil Servants Association (Puspanita), said more initiatives which allow parents to focus fully on work will ensure the increasing productivity of public servants, the New Straits Times reported.

“The focus on work, especially for women, is often disturbed when there are issues related to family and young children, like having to leave their child with a maid or when the child is unwell,” said Rosmah.

“This will affect their performance and productivity.”

She added childcare centres at the workplace help parents cut down on travelling and babysitter costs.

Speaking at Puspanita’s annual conference, Rosmah shared Social Welfare Department statistics which showed of 400 government agencies, only 90 have day care centres or workplace nurseries nationwide.

“The matter should not be taken lightly. More agencies should adopt the initiative.”

She also suggested more Malaysian women need to feel empowered, and suggested a “mentor-mentee” system could be introduced in government agencies to reduce the generation gap between experienced civil servants and those who are new to the job.

“They need guidance so that their real talents can emerge.”

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