PETALING JAYA: Single parents who need assistance can get help from the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry, said Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil.
The minister said this includes financial aid to help bear childcare costs.
“The ministry empathises with the plight of single parents who are struggling to cope with caring for their children and earning a living.
“That's why we have set up child activity centres to assist in the caring and supervision of working parents with children,''she said yesterday.
Shahrizat added that parents could send their children to government-run daycare centres.
“Children below four can be looked after at Taska 1Malaysia located in most towns in the country.
“Parents who cannot afford to send their children there can apply for financial assistance,'' she added.
The minister also said parents should get help from relatives who are willing to care for their children and offer them incentives.
She said this in response to recent reports of problems faced by single parents, especially fathers, in bringing up their children.
Shahrizat also urged residents' associations to be on the alert for abuse cases happening in their neighbourhoods.
“Put your ears to the ground and our agencies will assist you,” she said, adding that negligent or abusive parents should be counselled.
The National Population and Family Development Board provides family counselling at all its 56 clinics throughout the country.
“The board has been conducting talks on parenting in collaboration with employers, NGOs and the community.
“The aim is to equip parents, including single parents, with knowledge and skills on parenting techniques and stress management,” she said.
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