Gerakan Wanita lauds 1Malaysia Support for Housewives programme
12 Mar 2013, 2:38 PM
The 1Malaysia Support for Housewives programme introduction has prompt Gerakan Wanita Deputy Chief, Datuk Ng Siew Lai to express her gratitude to the government for not leaving out housewives.
“I feel buoyant with this announcement made by the government. This will ensure that housewives are not left behind in the process of achieving a high-income nation status. The programme, introduced in July last year, allowed them to earn between RM600 and RM2,500 a month from 10 programmes under the 1Malaysia Support for Housewives which include sewing, making handicraft, food and herbal products and product packaging.
Datuk Ng said that with the existence of this programme, housewives could benefit from it by earning some money to add to their family’s income. The Human Resource Ministry targeted to provide jobs for more than 90,000 housewives this year alone.
“Some housewives will have the opportunity to lessen the burden of their spouse or children when they could also contribute to the family’s monthly income. There are many cases where they are forced to rely on the income of the breadwinner to sustain the family’s expenses.”
She added that as for housewives who basically have nothing to do after their children have all grown-up, they can use this opportunity to earn some pocket money or do something productive rather than just hanging around the house. “After all they might be able to pick up a new set of skills and get to know new friends.”
However, she urged the government to increase the public awareness about the existence of this programme due to the lack of coverage.
“I hope that the government can increase publicity while at the same time work together with local organisations or even political parties under the women’s wing to encourage more housewives especially the non-Malays to participate in this programme,” said Datuk Ng, also Penang Gerakan Wanita Chief.
Finally, she reminded the public that Barisan Nasional government is indeed a caring government who always tries its best to ensure no-one is left behind.
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