Illegal taska urged to register to ensure children’s safety and SOP compliance

Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob - file pic

KUCHING, June 4: Illegally operated childcare centres (taska) are urged to register with the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development (KPWKM) or Social Welfare (JKM) Department, in order to ensure the children’s safety and also compliance with the standard operating procedures (SOPs) issued by the government.

According to Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, illegal taska may be taking care of children from surrounding neighborhoods and if anything untowards happens at their premises, it is beyond the responsibility of the ministry involved.

“Due to the private taska which are not registered, it is hard for the government to monitor, in terms of complying with the SOPs set.

“As such, I would like to urge those private taska to register with the KPWKM. Not only they will get the training provided by the ministry, the training might even be provided for free,” he said during a press conference on Covid-19 (non-health) updates held in Putrajaya, today.

Ismail Sabri also requested for the unregistered taska to familiarise themselves with the details in the relevant SOPs by downloading them from the KPWKM and JKM websites.

“This is for them to get a better understanding of the SOPs set by the ministry, but it is best for them to registered with JKM or KPWKM,” he added.

On another matter, Ismail Sabri also clarified that employers should not impose 14-day self-quarantines on their employees for making inter-state or cross-district journeys.

He said for the Peninsula, cross-district and inter-state travel are still not allow, but those who have received permission from the police are not required to undergo a 14-day quarantine period.

“This is the employers’ own instruction, and it is wrong for them to do that because it is not in accordance with the guidelines issued by the National Security Council (MKN).

“The Human Resources Ministry can take action on the matter, if it is under their guidelines,” he said. — DayakDaily