HOUSING developers should comply with a guideline to convert one out of every 200 residential units to kindergarten or childcare centres, said Seberang Prai Municipal Council (MPSP) president Datuk Maimunah Mohd Sharif in Penang.
She said the council had introduced the new guideline in 2014 in view of parents in neighbourhoods needing a place to take in their children while they are away at work.
“For every 200 residential units built, the developer must identify at least one unit to be used as a childcare centre or a kindergarten.
“There have been cases in the past, where residents had complained about neighbours using their units as kindergartens and care centres for children.
“So, if the developer can identify the particular unit earlier, buyers can then choose the units they want.
“That way, everybody would come to an agreement,” said Maimunah in a press conference after opening the Gender Equality talk at the MPSP headquarters in Bandar Perda on Tuesday.
Maimunah also said that the council was planning to upgrade four projects under the Gender Responsive and Participatory Budgeting programme in separate locations on the mainland this year.
“The projects will have to undergo four phases — survey among the people, focus group discussions, voting on the budget and needs, and finally the implementation.
“We are planning to clean up and beautify Pulau Aman and turn it into a major tourism spot in Seberang Prai.
“Taman Tungku in Seberang Jaya and Vision Park in Kepala Batas will also be upgraded, but the implementation can only start once the allocation is prepared by the National Landscaping Department next year.
“We will also conduct a survey with traders and shoppers for their feedback before upgrading the food court in Seberang Jaya,” she added.
Also present at the opening of the talk were state Youth and Sports, Women, Family and Community Development Committee chairman Chong Eng, Penang Women Development Corporation (PWDC) acting chief executive officer Datin Rohana Weiler and PWDC chief operating officer Karen Lai.