Incentive given for child care centres to register with JKM

PUTRAJAYA: Childcare centres will get a 20% discount off their electricity bill if they register with the Social Welfare Department (JKM), says Hannah Yeoh.

The Deputy Women, Family and Community Development Minister said at present, only an estimated 11.9% of existing childcare centres were registered with JKM.

“We believe there are about 40,000 childcare centres out there. Hopefully, this discount will encourage more centres to get themselves registered,” she told a press conference yesterday.

Yeoh said she acknowledged that the operating costs could be high, especially with the implementation of a minimum wage.

“We hope that this discount will lessen the burden of the operators.

“By being registered, it allows better monitoring of these centres to ensure better safety and well-being of the children,” said Yeoh.

Yeoh added that the government would also consider discussing with Sarawak Energy Bhd and Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd to extend the discount offer to daycares in East Malaysia.

Separately, Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Minister Yeo Bee Yin said her ministry has set aside RM10mil for the purpose of giving the discount.

“This sum is an estimate should all the 40,000 childcare centres register. This is also part of the Incentive Based Regulation that we have in Peninsular Malaysia,” said Yeo.

The discount offer 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.

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