Yeoh backs three day paternity leave

Yeoh backs three day paternity leave

IPOH: It would be good for private sector workers to be given a three-day paternity leave, says Women, Family and Community Development Deputy Minister Hannah Yeoh.

She said employers must be considerate, and allow fathers to be part of the bonding process with their families.

“Even three days is not sufficient, especially for mothers who have to undergo caesarean section,” she added.

“They are still admitted in the hospital and they need support from their husbands.

“What more if they have other children to look after.

“The father needs to be there to help,” Yeoh said after launching a programme in appreciation of the disabled at the Perak Association for Intellectually Disabled school here yesterday.

The Malaysian Employers Federation previously opposed government’s plans to introduce three day paternity leave for the private sector staff.

On the hiring of disabled people as staff in the public sector, Yeoh said the secretaries-general of the ministries would be encouraged to hire persons with disabilities as part of their key performance index.

“I hope the government-linked companies can give the disabled an opportunity to secure a job at their organisations.

“Some of the disabled have already undergone training, and this saves a lot of time to re-train them when they are employed,” she added.

Yeoh later witnessed the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the association and Quest International University Perak on a teachers training programme.