Sarawak Energy sets up first childcare centre called ‘Little Power Genius’

Aisah (fourth from left) symbolically handing over the childcare centre to operator Maziana Mohamad of Si Comel Cerdik while Sharbini (centre) and others look on.

KUCHING, Dec 3: Sarawak Energy launched its first childcare centre at Menara Sarawak Energy, The Isthmus, here today.

Sarawak Energy did so to be true to its promise to have a more inclusive workplace that would accommodate the requirements of working mothers and young, working parents.

Aimed at providing reliable childcare services to the company’s young working parents, the centre, named ‘Little Power Genius’, has the capacity to accommodate 50 children.

The centre will be operated by Si Comel Cerdik, a childcare provider with national credentials.

“We want to ensure sustainable development of our talent, providing equal opportunities for growth for both male and female staff. Achieving gender diversity and inclusiveness in the workplace based on competency and meritocracy is a collective effort. Sarawak Energy can do better, and we must act now,” said Sarawak Energy Group chief executive officer Datu Sharbini Suhaili at the soft launch today.

Sharbini also highlighted the fact that women represented 21 per cent of the total workforce in Sarawak Energy, and about 8 per cent of that number form part of the leadership team in the company — still far from the national target of 30 per cent for the corporate sector in Malaysia, which encompasses three main aspects: gender ratio, participation of women in management and the board.

Sharbini (eighth from right) soft launching Sarawak Energy’s first childcare centre while Aisah (sixth from right), chief financial officer Alexander Chin (sixth from left), senior vice-president (HR) Dr Mak Met (fifth from left) and others look on.

The opening of the centre is also part of the company’s commitment towards empowering women and promoting gender diversity in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) No. 5.

In her welcoming address, executive vice-president (Corporate Services) Aisah Eden thanked the committee for delivering the project within a short span of time while still putting safety as the top priority.

Aisah is also the executive champion for Sarawak Energy’s Leading Women Network (SELWN), a networking platform focused on enabling women employees to reach their leadership potential by facilitating and supporting their career development through networking, sharing sessions, forums and targeted talent management programmes.

“The retention of our female talent is a priority. With the establishment of a childcare centre at the workplace, we can help to address the attrition rate of women. Not doing so may indirectly lead to a talent drain, which is a national issue,” said Aisha.

Little Power Genius will provide childcare services for infants between 3 months and 4-years-old, and transit services for children up to 12-years-old, utilising thematic and holistic child development syllabi. The state-owned energy development company and power utility also plans to provide similar facilities in major locations throughout Sarawak in the next five years. — DayakDaily