SIBU: The Women, Family and Community Development Ministry hopes to be given additional allocations in the 2023 Budget, which will be unveiled on Feb 24.
Minister Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri said the additional allocations will help the ministry's efforts to set up a Special Children's Department.
"With the set-up of the new department, the ministry wants to further strengthen in terms of the number and skills of human resources to be more efficient in the care of affected children.
"Children are often victims of violence, abandoned or neglected by their parents and also those who are witnesses of certain cases handled by our ministry," she told the media at the closing of the Bangkit@KPWKM Women's Entrepreneurship Programme here on Thursday (Jan 26).
The Santubong MP said in order to improve the quality of services, those who are guardians, supervisors or moral officers need to also upgrade their skills.
Nancy was confident that there might be an increase in terms of future allocations for her ministry for that purpose.
During the budget presentation in October last year, the ministry received an allocation of RM3.4bil compared with RM2.67bil in Budget 2022, which saw an increase of 26.46%.