Min­i­mum wage forces nurs­eries to close

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

KUAN­TAN: Thirty-six of the 203 nurs­eries reg­is­tered in Pa­hang have closed down as they were un­able to pay their staff the min­i­mum wage.

Pa­hang As­so­ci­a­tion of Reg­is­tered Child­care Providers pres­i­dent Zubaidah Husin said since the min­i­mum wage of RM1,000 was im­ple­mented on July 1, only 25 nurs­eries were able to meet the re­quire­ment, but they suf­fered losses or re­duced earn­ings.

Speak­ing at a press con­fer­ence held at Kom­pleks Da­gan­gan Mahkota here yes­ter­day, she said 142, or 69.95% of nurs­eries reg­is­tered in Pa­hang had not been able to pay the min­i­mum wage.

Zubaidah said she was wor­ried that more nurs­eries would fold up as the op­er­a­tors had to bear var­i­ous costs when the fee charged per child was only be­tween RM350 and RM400.

She urged au­thor­i­ties such as Te­naga Na­sional Ber­had, Pen­gu­ru­san Air Pa­hang Ber­had and Telekom Malaysia Ber­had to con­vert the sta­tus of th­ese nurs­eries to so­cial ser­vices as was be­ing done with mosques or houses of wor­ship.

She added that the gov­ern­ment could also as­sist by pro­vid­ing sub­si­dies to the nurs­eries. – Ber­nama

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