Government Targets 55 Percent Women Workforce By 2015: “The time is ripe to create local housemaid agencies”


KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 18 (Bernama) — The government aims to increase women workforce to 55 percent by 2015 from 47.3 percent this year as more facilities such as nurseries, kindergartens and day care centres are opened to allow more women to work.

Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Shahrizat Jalil said the proposal to provide more infrastructure at workplaces would be sent to the Cabinet for approval.

Asked to comment on the shortage of housemaids, she said it was time for locals to be trained as housemaids as dependence on foreign maids would cause problems later.

“The time is ripe to create local housemaid agencies. We are ready only that that we are facing manpower shortage,” she told reporters after opening “Ekspo Perdagangan Khas Wanita – Tribute to Women of Malaysia” on Friday.

Meanwhile, expo producer and director Mahani Awang expects to achieve sales of RM100,000 from the three-day event.

She said 15,000 visitors are expected to attend the expo as many interesting activities have been lined up.

“Bill Keith custom made shoes will be sold at half price while popular singer Siti Nurhaliza will make an appearance on Sunday,” Mahani added.

The expo held in conjunction with International Women’s Day next month aims to recognise the role and contribution of women in every aspect of national development.

It is supported by Wanita Umno, Malaysian External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE), Malaysian Association of Women Journalists, Bumiputra Designers Association, Youth of Unity and Children Foundation Malaysia.


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