National Permata (early childhood education and day-care programme) executive committee chairman Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor said the Government had allocated about RM3.6mil to build the 10 centres to provide education for underprivileged children.
“We had wanted to set up at least one centre in every constituency but due to budget limitations, we have to prioritise according to needs,” she said after launching the Permata Negara day-care centre in Bercham, Ipoh, on Saturday.
The 10 day-care centres are to be set up in Hulu Perak, Larut Matang and Selama, Kuala Kangsar, Kinta, Perak Tengah, Ba-tang Padang, Kampar, Manjung, Hilir Perak and Kerian.
On the launch, Rosmah said the Permata day-care centre in Bercham was built two years ago at a cost of RM380,000.
“It is the first Permata day-care centre to be located in a Chinese new village. This centre has seven teachers and 38 children under its care.
“Among the 25 Permata day-care centres in the country, the one in Bercham has the most beautiful landscape.
“It welcomes any child who wants to have a quality education,” she added.
Earlier during the launch, children of the day-care centre sang the national anthem and read out the Rukun Negara.
The children, aged five and below, also performed a 1Malaysia dance to the tune of the Visit Malaysia theme.
Also present during the launch were Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir and his wife Datin Seri Saripah Zulkifli, Deputy Women, Family and Community Development Minis-ter Senator Heng Seai Kie and state secretary Datuk Seri Dr Abdul Rahman Hashim.