RM37 mln for childcare institutions

Kids at a local kindergarten wearing face masks and practising social distancing.

KUCHING: The state government will allocate a sum of RM37 million for its early childhood and care institutions, one-stop early intervention centre, and operation of 94 kindergartens and childcare centres under Sedidik Sdn Bhd.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said the allocation under the 2022 State Budget is in recognition of the importance of early childhood education.

He said this during a special meeting on the 2022 State Budget with state lawmakers at Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) on Tuesday (Oct 12).

Besides that, he said, the state government will continue to implement various incentives and welfare assistance particularly to benefit the vulnerable and disadvantaged segments of our society with a total allocation of RM372 million next year.

“These initiatives, among others, are Sarawak Newborn Incentive, Post-Natal Assistance, Early Childhood and Care Institutions, Kenyalang Gold Card, Haemodialysis Assistance, i-Suri Incentives, Family Empowerment Programme (e-Life), Safe Haven for Homeless and Displaced Communities, and various welfare aids under Welfare Department,” he said.

In addition, he said, the state government will continue to implement the Free Water Programme with an allocation of RM20.2 million; Connection Charges Government Financial Assistance with an allocation of RM10 million; RM1.00 Flat Rate Bus Fare Programme with an allocation of RM10 million and Fire Relief Assistance of RM19 million to fire victims as financial assistance to repair and rebuild burnt houses which are not covered under fire insurance.

“The state will also continue to expand the distribution of treated water and electricity supplies throughout the state with an allocation of RM91 million next year,” he said.

Moreover, he said Sarawak Water Supply Grid Programme for Stressed Areas and Rural Electrification Scheme will continue to be implemented next year under alternative funding with a provision of RM1.5 billion be made available.