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Rosmah Asks Companies To Set Up Child care Centre At Work Place | 09/11/2010
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KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 9 2010 (Bernama) -- The Prime Minister's wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, has urged companies to set up child care centres at the work place.

She said that a company that has a child care centre at the work place gives its employees peace of mind and allows them to focus on their work and produce more.

And they will be grateful and loyal to the company, she added when launching a Companies Commission of Malaysia-Unicef tool kit on how to set up a child care centre at the work place here. Also present was the Minister of Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

Rosmah, who is patron of the Permata Negara (national gems) Programme, said: "Studies have revealed that organisations which provide child care facilities at the workplace are likely seen or considered as the employers of choice."

This is consistent with a report that almost one third of the Fortune 100 best companies to work for have on-site child care facilities, she added.

Rosmah, however, stressed that a company should not set up a child care centre just for the sake of having one at the work place.

The child care centre that a company establishes should provide the best system for developing the very young, she said.

This is because the first five years of a child's life is critical for his or her development, performance and success throughout life, she added.

This belief explains her patronage of Permata Negara, whose mission is to polish future gems, namely children below five.

"I am very committed in ensuring that our children are given the right education and care as early as possible in their life. The challenge before us is to ensure that our effort to provide adequate education and care for children are all-inclusive," she said.

Ismail said the government will increase the number of community-based nurseries and day-care centres under the Department of Social Welfare to encourage more women to work.

Rosmah presented certificates of recognition to Sime Darby Berhad, MK Land Holdings Berhad, Proton Holdings Berhad and Kein Hing Industry Sdn Bhd for setting child care centres at their work place.

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