Selangor Journal
State executive councillor for women’s development Anfaal Saari delivers her speech during the launch of the MamaKerja childcare incentive at Mardhiyyah Hotel, Shah Alam, on October 26, 2023. — Picture by FIKRI YUSOF/SELANGORKINI

State announces MamaKerja Incentive, four of five 100-day pledges now accomplished

By Selangor Journal Team

SHAH ALAM, Oct 26 — The Selangor government has launched a childcare incentive for working women as part of its effort to increase their participation in the workforce and in recognition of their role in the state’s economic development 

Dubbed the MamaKerja Incentive, the programme provides RM1,000 in financial aid to 5,000 working mothers to subsidise the cost of childcare. 

The initiative is the fourth of the five 100-day election pledges announced by Menteri Besar Dato’ Seri Amirudin Shari prior to the state poll in August that will be implemented as scheduled. 

It will be implemented by the State Women Empowerment, Welfare and Care Economy Committee. 

In a statement, its executive councillor Anfaal Saari said the MamaKerja Incentive is aimed at uplifting the dignity of working women and that it was one of the primary motivators behind the establishment of the Care Economy portfolio this term. 

“The majority of mothers either choose to take care of their children or work, due to the high cost of childcare,” she said. 

Anfaal pointed out that based on latest data from the Statistics Department, only 69.9 per cent of women in Selangor are involved in the workforce compared with 83.5 per cent of the men. 

A separate study by Merdeka Centre and The Asia Foundation in the state from 2020 to 2022 found that many working women admit to facing challenges due to the high cost of childcare. 

She added that that initiative, which carries the theme ‘Selangor Cares: Dignifying Caregivers, Protecting the Cared For’, will also indirectly stimulate the caregiving sector, such as daycares, transit centres and kindergartens, which is the primary support system for working women.

To qualify for the incentive, applicants must be employed, are Selangor citizens and voters, have at least three children aged 12 and below, and have a household income of not more than RM8,000. 

Applicants must also have an account with the Inland Revenue Board or Employees Provident Fund (EPF), and are not current recipients of the state’s Asuh Pintar, Tunas and Bingkas programmes. 

Applications will be open beginning 10am on November 1 through the Selangkah mobile application. 

Those interested to register will need to upload several documents, namely their identification cards and that of their partners, MyKid or child’s birth certificate, copy of latest payslip for both parents, EPF or EA statement, copy of bank statement, and document verifying they are Selangor voters. 

Qualified applications will receive the financial aid through their respective bank account within 14 working days after their successful registration. 

For further information pertaining to the initiative, the public can visit https://mamakerja.selangkah.my/ or call Selcare’s hotline at 1800-22-6600. 

Previously on October 4, Amirudin had announced that the Selangor government will implement three of its five election pledges that it vowed to accomplish within 100 days of coming into power by this month. 

They are the assessment tax exemptions for village homes and low-cost housing; an increase in allowances for imams, bilal, and siak; and RM1,000 incentives to 500 farmers, padi cultivators, and fishermen.

With today’s  MamaKerja Incentive announcement, only one pledge is pending implementation — a RM200 Kita Selangor book voucher for university students. 

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