Minimum wage forces nurseries to close
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