MORE than RM9mil has been allocated to the Darul Ta’zim Family Development Foundation (YPKDT) by the state to conduct women’s, family, and community development programmes this year.
YPKDT chief executive officer Nurul Naqiah Fadzil said the allocation was given under the Johor Five-Year Development Plan, and covers 16 programmes and projects that will be conducted this year.
“For 2023, we plan to expand the ‘Keluarga Sakinah’ initiative where we expect to get more than a million participants from the talks and workshops organised.
“This is one of our oldest programmes that was introduced in 1998.
“In the modules, we discuss some of the issues and challenges faced by families and how to deal with them,” she said when contacted.
Nurul Naqiah added that YPKDT officers would also be trained to use different kinds of media so that their programmes could reach more people.
“We plan to improve our service and make our presence more known to the public so that they will be able reach out to us in times of need,” she said.
YPKDT is also planning to develop a women’s protection centre and a childcare centre in Segamat this year.
“A mobile counselling clinic called ‘Carevan’ is also underway so that we can provide our services in rural areas,” she added.
Johor women’s family and community development committee chairman Khairin-Nisa Ismail said YPKDT should also offer their services to other government agencies, NGOs and the private sector.
“We want more people to be involved in our counselling sessions, especially under the Keluarga Sakinah and Keluarga Sejahtera initiative.
“I hope that we could also fully utilise social media and expand our reach,” she said.
Khairin-Nisa added that the state government was also planning to expand the Women’s Income Generating Skills Project (Wings) and the Business Tools Aid Scheme (SKIPP) this year.