Support for breastfeeding


YPKDT chief executive officer Mohd Helmi Sha’ri (left) and Liow (third from left) at the Mama Friendly Programme held at Aeon Mall Bandar Dato Onn. — SUE TAN/The Star

JOHOR BARU: A total of 25 schools and a university college in five parliamentary constituencies in south Johor will receive RM10, 000 each from their respective MPs to set up breast milk pumping rooms in their institutions.

Johor tourism, women, family and community development committee chairman Liow Cai Tung said the parliamentary constituencies involved are Iskandar Puteri, Pasir Gudang, Johor Baru, Tebrau, Pulai and Kulai.

“This effort is to ease the burden of teachers and school staff in carrying out their duties at work and at the same time, fulfil the needs of working mothers who are still breastfeeding.

“I hope through such collaboration with MPs as well as the Johor Education Department, more working mothers can benefit from this pilot project, ” said Liow at the Mama Friendly Programme held at Aeon Mall Bandar Dato Onn in conjunction with World Breastfeeding Week 2019.

At the event, the 24 schools, Southern University College, along with the Malaysian Budget Hotels Association Johor Chapter, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Darul Ta’zim Family Development Foundation (YPKDT).

YPKDT has currently signed the Mama Friendly MOU with 40 parties including schools, local authorities, private companies and non-governmental organisations.

Upon signing the MOU, the parties have to set up the Mama Friendly Room at their premises within one year where promotion, coordination and consultation would be provided by YPKDT, as the state agency tasked to champion the campaign.

Liow said YPKDT would move on to the central and northern parts of Johor next, as other MPs have also expressed interest to sponsor Mama Friendly Rooms at schools in their respective constituencies.

The Mama Friendly Programme in Johor, which supports breastfeeding at the workplace to encourage women participation in the work force, was first announced in January.

The first Mama Friendly facility in the state was opened in May at Dato’ Muhammad Ibrahim Munsyi building in Kota Iskandar which is part of the Johor government administrative complex.

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