Extend child care leave to fathers, says Kulai MP


  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 14 Oct 2014

KUALA LUMPUR:  The benefits of Child Care Leave outlined in Budget 2015 should be extended to fathers, Kulai MP Teo Nie Ching said on Tuesday. 

Teo pointed out that it is the responsibility of both parents to look after their kids. 

The current policy will not help to change the stereotype that it is only the responsibility of women to take care of children,” said Teo, who is also DAP assistant national publicity secretary. 

At present, childcare leave is only limited to female civil servants. 

Teo was speaking to reporters during a press conference at the Parliament lobby. 

Another issue raised by Teo was with the one-year allocation of childcare leave which she claimed was insufficient. 

“Since 2007, a female civil servant is entitled to a five-year childcare leave during her term of service, which can be used at one time or several times. However, from Jan 1, 2015, the leave is limited to children until they reach one year. In other words, there is no more option for female civil servants to apply for childcare leave for more than a year,” she said. 

“Why should there be any age limit? Options should be given to the mothers to apply for childcare leave if they feel that their children need them at any particular period of time,” added Teo. 

Under the revised conditions of Child Care Leave for civil servants effective from Jan 1, 2015, the eligibility will not be tied to the duration of maternity leave. 

The leave is limited to children until they reach one year and is extended to female personnel with stepchildren, legally adopted children, foster children and children with disabilities.

 

 

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