The Straits Times
Published on Nov 11, 2012

Private nurseries in Malaysia struggle to stay in business


PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - About three million children aged four and below need daycare services in this country but many private nurseries are struggling to keep their doors open.

Association of Registered Child Care Providers Malaysia's Vice-President P.H. Wong said the Government should extend support to private childcare centres because of high operating costs.

As of May this year, 1,086 childcare centres had been registered with the Welfare Department: 989 were privately run, 16 set up by companies at work places, 67 in government offices and 14 were community-based.

Even for community-based childcare centres, there were few takers despite the RM50,000 (S$20,024) set-up grant and annual RM64,000 subsidy given by the Government, Ms Wong said.