By Jack Lapidus
THE Sarawak government has urged employers to allow parents to work from home to take care of their young children during the two-week closure of schools, kindergartens and child care centres.
Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Minister Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah said although Covid-19 appeared to be affecting the older people more than children, it is ‘rather be safe than sorry’.
“We hope for the kind understanding from parents in this situation as well as from employers with regard to working parents, especially the mothers,” she told Borneo Post.
Sarawak has 2,893 kindergartens housing 57,673 children, and 240 childcare centres with 3,729 children.
“We have many childcare centres, kindergartens and schools that have pupils’ population of more than 50 in Sarawak.
“Furthermore, babies and young children in general, have lower immune system than adults,” she said.
Hence, the government’s social distancing measures to protect the state’s young children from being infected with Covid-19 is necessary during this trying time.