Over 300,000 Women Civil Servants Benefit 90 Day Maternity Leave
KUALA LUMPUR Oct 16 – An estimated 310,000 out of the 451,100 married women civil servants, aged between 20 and 39, will enjoy the new maternity leave which has been extended up to 90 days, said Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Shahrizat Jalil here today.
“This leave is not only important in view of reproductive health, but will also allow mothers who have just given birth a chance to recover emotionally, mentally and psychologically.
“In addition to that, mothers will also be given more time to bond with their new babies,” she said in a statement here.
Yesterday, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, during his tabling of the 2011 Budget, said that Malaysia’s women civil servants will be given flexibility to opt for fully paid maternity leave of up to 90 days, compared to only 60 days previously.
In relation to that, Shahrizat described the construction of a Women and Children’s hospital, under a list of Public-Private Partnership projects, as a timely initiative.
“This is a good move that shows the government’s commitment towards the health and well-being of women and children in the country,” she added.