PUTRAJAYA: Childcare centres will get a 20% discount on their electricity bill if they are registered with the Social Welfare Department (JKM).
Deputy Women, Family and Community Development Minister Hannah Yeoh said at present, only one out of 10 childcare centres have done so.
"We believe there are about 40,000 childcare centres out there, but only 11.9% out of that have registered with JKM.
"Hopefully, this discount will encourage more centres to get themselves registered," said Yeoh at a press conference at her ministry here on Thursday (Sept 26).
Also present was Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Minister Yeo Bee Yin.
Yeoh said the ministry acknowledges that child centre operating costs can be steep – even more so with the implementation of minimum wage.
"We hope that this discount will lessen the burden of the operators, and at the same time have more childcare centres registered with JKM. Being registered allows better monitoring of such centres by the ministry, to ensure better safety and well-being of the children," said Yeoh.
Meanwhile, Yeo said her ministry had set aside RM10mil for the purpose of giving the discount.
"This RM10mil is an estimate, should all 40,000 childcare centres come out and register. This is also part of the Incentive-Based Regulation (IBR) that we have in Peninsular Malaysia," said Yeo.
The discount is only available to childcare centres that register themselves with JKM in Peninsular Malaysia, and the establishment must be using commercial and not residential tariffs.
The offer will last until Dec 31,2020.
Yeoh added that the government would also consider discussing with Sarawak Energy Berhad and Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd to extend the discount offer to day care centres in east Malaysia.
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