JOHOR BARU: Four schools in Johor have become among the first to have a “Mama-Friendly” room for their staff.
SJK (C) Ping Ming, SJK (C) Lit Terk, SJK (C) Chong Eng and SJK (C) Chong Hwa 1, are four of the first schools in the state to have a designated room for their employees who are lactating mothers.
The “Mama-Friendly” rooms are set up specifically to allow mothers to pump out breast milk in a comfortable and private environment.
Johor tourism, women, family and community development chairman Liow Cai Tung said the move was one way to help retain women in the workforce.
“Many who come back to work after maternity leave find it difficult to pump their breast milk and lack privacy. This room will benefit them.
“Now they have a safe, comfortable and private place to carry out their motherly duties, ” she said after launching the “Mama-Friendly” room at SJK (C) Ping Ming.
Liow said the programme was also in line with the national breastfeeding policy which encourages mothers’ to breastfeed their children until the age of two.
She said the programme would not have been possible without the help of some politicians, who had encouraged as well as given allocations for it to be carried out.
“Kluang MP Wong Shu Qi gave an allocation of RM15,000 to each of these four schools, ” she said.
The “Mama-Friendly” programme was announced in Johor Budget 2019 with an allocation of RM50,000, and is carried out by Darul Ta’zim Family Development Foundation (YPKDT).
In state budget for this year, an increased allocation was announced, bringing the total amount to RM300,000 to expand the programme further.
Since the announcement of the programme, a total of 35 organisations have signed a memorandum with YPKDT to set up a “Mama-Friendly” room.
These organisations include public and private colleges and universities, non-governmental organisations, schools and local authorities.
The first room was built in Datuk Muhammad Ibrahim Munsyi building in Kota Iskandar in May last year.
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