Speaker: Parliament to have childcare centre this year

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  • Tuesday, 19 Feb 2019

One for the album: Mohamad Ariff (centre) posing for a photo with participants at the ‘Women’s Political Leadership: Creating Positive Change’ conference at the Parliament building. — Bernama

KUALA LUMPUR: A childcare centre will be set up in Parliament for the convenience of female MPs and parliamentary staff with young children, said Dewan Rakyat Spea­ker Datuk Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof.

“We have identified the space and it will undergo renovation soon. It’s definitely going to be (operational) this year,” he said.

The decision for the childcare centre was in line with the government’s policy to encourage more active participation of women in politics, policy-making and the workforce, Mohamad Ariff told reporters at the sidelines of a conference titled “Women’s Political Leader­ship: Creating Positive Change” at the Parliament building here yesterday.

Meanwhile, Deputy Women, Fa­­mily and Community Develop­ment Minister Hannah Yeoh said the centre would also benefit female media practitioners with young children who had to work long hours during Parliament sittings.

Separately in Pekan, the Youth and Sports Ministry was identifying which of the 22 National Youth Skills Institutes (IKBN) nationwide is to be upgraded to offer diploma cour­­ses to meet the Industry Revolu­tion 4.0 needs, said its minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman.

“Currently, the entry-level pay for IKBN leavers is between RM1,400 and RM1,600.

“If IKBN can be upgraded to National Youth Higher Skills Insti­tutes, they (graduates) can secure a starting pay of RM1,800 or RM1,900.

“That is why my ministry is making this effort ... before upgrading, we have to make sure the IKBN in question has the necessary equipment and facilities,” he told reporters after opening IKBN Pekan’s Aircraft Structure Improvement Workshop here yesterday.

He stressed that in the new world, expertise in automation, robotics, cloud computing, artificial intelligence and Internet of Things are vital. — Bernama

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