Penang budgets RM15m child care aid for working mums

The RM300 annual incentive will benefit all working mothers up to 60 years old with children below age six.  — Picture by Saw Siow Feng
The RM300 annual incentive will benefit all working mothers up to 60 years old with children below age six. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

GEORGE TOWN, Nov 2 ― Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng announced today a RM15 million child care assistance programme for working mothers in the 2018 state budget.

The Air Putih assemblyman said the aid was in recognition of the contributions of the female workforce ― currently at 58 per cent of the total state labour force ― and to encourage more women to work.

“About 50,000 households in Penang who have at least one young child are potential beneficiaries of this programme,” he said during the state budget tabling in the legislative assembly here.

The RM300 annual incentive will benefit all working mothers up to 60 years old with children below age six.

The payout will start from 2018 onwards and all working mothers with infant children at home are eligible to apply for it.

The Penang government also increased its annual payout to senior citizens and the disabled community by 30 per cent, from RM100 to RM130, starting next year.

“After hearing many requests, the state government will be increasing the payout by 30 per cent from RM100 to RM130, an increase of RM6 million to be paid out next year,” Lim said.

A total 193,823 senior citizens in Penang have benefited from the annual senior citizens appreciation scheme for those above 60 years of age.

“Nearly RM20 million have been paid out under this scheme,” Lim said.

He added that the payout for the disabled will see an increase of RM335,000 annually.

More than RM1.1 million have been paid out to 10,478 recipients to date.

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