PARTI KEADILAN RAKYAT WOMEN (KEADILAN WOMEN)
4th February 2007
KEADILAN WOMEN’S RECOMMENDATION IMPLEMENTED
(i) Quality Childcare & Childcare Subsidy for Working Women
(ii) Valuation of Common Wealth of Husband and Wife before Polygamy
TIME FOR WOMEN MINISTER TO ACKNOWLEDGE RECOMMENDATIONS FROM OPPOSITION WOMEN
Minister of Women, Family and Community Development, Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil announced last week that women civil servants will be given RM180 monetary subsidy for childcare expenses of each child, while they were working. The subsidy was a form of assistance to receive quality childcare where the total income of a household was less than RM2000.
Today, the cabinet has passed grants each valued at RM80000 earmarked for the establishment of childcare centres at the department through to the ministerial level.
The Women Minister also said that it was her dream that every department, statutory body and ministry each has a childcare and breast feeding centre.
In recognising that our children are the nation’s most important assets, KeADILan Women has released a motion on childcare at the third KeADILan Women’s Congress last year with a press release (on October 16, 2006, re appendix A) for the Women Minister’s deliberation.
KeADILan Women is happy that Datuk Seri Shahrizat as the Women Minister responsible for the affairs of women is now in accord with the dream of so many women activists and NGO movements throughout the country for so long. Such dream has been a significant focus in our struggle to improve the life and state of affairs of women. After such a long vacuum, the Women Minister is now taking action to specifically alleviate the plight of working women which we have voiced continually for a long time; a shameful unnecessary delay which clearly spells disappointment for all Malaysian Women.
The issue of the valuation of the common wealth of husband and wife before polygamy announced by Shahrizat on 8th August 2006 was also part of a recommendation in a memorandum released to her by KeADILan Women (re appendix B)
It is time that Datuk Seri Shahrizat acknowledges the significant and applicable recommendations from KeADILan Women and for the sake of the development of all women in Malaysia, I call on the Minister to remove the barriers of political ideology and differences to continue recognising our applicable recommendation for the successful empowerment of Malaysian women.
HEAD OF KEADILAN WOMEN
HJH FUZIAH SALLEH