Johor government is developing a programme to help children who have lost their parents as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Mentri Besar Datuk Hasni Mohammad said the matter was one of the focal points in the Johor 2022 Budget retreat discussion held on Sept 29.
He added that the programme was still being refined, with some of the options available being looked into.
“It aims to look after the welfare of these orphans as well as ease the burden of families who will be held accountable for taking care of them. “These orphans need to be treated well because they have lost their parents due to Covid-19,” he said after launching Jauhar Child Care (JCC), a childcare centre in Kota Iskandar, Iskandar Puteri.
Hasni said that the matter would be prioritised without sidelining development projects in Johor.
He added that all state government agencies, local authorities and state government-linked companies (GLCs) would be mobilised for this purpose.
“The state government decided that through this budget, we will continue to provide assistance to the people by improving our stimulus economic packages.
“Maybe there will be fewer mega projects but development projects will continue,” he said, adding that even with economic challenges.
Hasni said the Johor 2022 Budget would be tabled at the state assembly meeting after the Federal Government presents the national budget later this month.
“The Federal Government is expected to table its Budget on Oct 29 and maybe a month after that, we will table ours, which will probably be on Nov 25,” he said.
Meanwhile, regarding the programme to help children, Hasni said JCC was built at a cost of RM900,000 and could take in 50 children between the ages of one and four years old.
He said JCC was among the many programmes under Darul Ta’zim Family Development Foundation (YPKDT), which was developed to help working parents around Kota Iskandar.
“Trainees at the centre will use the modules provided by YPKDT and JCC will be a benchmark for the state government before similar care centres are built in other districts,” he added.