One of the eligibility criteria for mothers to apply for the MamaKerja incentive is having at least three children aged 12 or below.
Being a working mother is no easy feat.
Not only do they need to earn a living, but they also have to balance their professional and caregiving responsibilities.
In response to the challenges faced by working mothers, the Selangor State Government has launched the MamaKerja Incentive, offering a one-time cash payment of RM1,000 to eligible mothers.
This initiative aims to support and recognise the efforts of working mothers with children aged 12 or below.
The Exco for Women’s Development and Social Welfare in Selangor, Anfaal Saari, explained that this financial support is intended to alleviate the financial burden of childcare, especially considering the associated costs.
She shared this announcement on 25 October, as reported by Harian Metro.
To be eligible for this incentive, they must meet the following criteria:
- A resident or long-term resident of Selangor for over 10 years
- Eligible to vote in Selangor
- Household income of RM8,000 or less
- Possession of an account with the Inland Revenue Board (LHDN) or the Employees Provident Fund (KWSP)
- Have at least three children aged 12 or below
- Not recipients of the Aid for Smart Childcare Scheme (Asuh Pintar), Kindergarten Aid Scheme (TUNAS), or Selangor Welfare Assistance (BINGKAS).
Balancing Work and Childcare
Anfaal Saari highlighted the dilemma that many working mothers face due to the high cost of childcare.
She pointed out that these mothers often have to make tough choices between caring for their children and sustaining their employment.
She also noted that recent statistics from the Department of Statistics indicate a relatively low participation rate of women in the labour force in Selangor, standing at 69.9%.
Additionally, a study conducted by the Merdeka Centre and The Asia Foundation in Selangor in 2020-2022 underscored the challenges faced by working women, particularly in terms of high childcare costs.
Applications for this incentive will commence tomorrow, 1 November at 10:00 AM. For further information and details, please visit the official MamaKerja website.
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