KUALA LUMPUR: The Women, Family and Community Development Ministry yesterday called for the workplace to be more family oriented.
Its Minister Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil said women makes up 49% of the workforce in Malaysia and if companies do not make the work place more family oriented, women will move away from the workforce.
She urged companies to set up crèches, breast-feeding rooms, provide longer maternity leave, flexi-hours and arrangement for women to work from home.
"The need for a workplace that is more conducive for families is not sinking into the minds of men as well as women," she said during the High Impact Leadership - The Women Today seminar on Thursday.
Even female employees who reached to the top positions forget how difficult it was to juggle a career and a home, she said.
"Economic development is important but we also need social development because it is social development that gives the nation a soul," she said.
Shahrizat said homemakers had also made a big contribution to the country.
Their contribution amounted to RM100bil of the GDP in the last five years, she said.
"It is time that the Government gives them the space and recognition for their contribution," said Shahrizat.
Ask to comment on the recent spate of parents abusing or murdering their own children, she said cruel and violent crimes cannot be condoned, however, families, society and the Government must find out the root causes behind such incidents.
"Is it due to emotional stress, mental instability, financial pressure, family problems and disappointments in life?
"If they have had problems, where are the places they can get assistance? Are there enough counsellors in the country or have families just failed to spend time with one another?" she asked.
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