I still remember how difficult it was to return to work after my 60-day maternity leave. Non-mothers may think it's more than enough but as a new mom with a newborn baby, it definitely wasn't!
I googled 'maternity leave' just to see how our country's 60-day/8-week maternity leave compares to other country.
Did you know that more than 100 countries give 10-20 weeks of paid maternity leave?!
But what surprised me the most was the fact that USA gives 0 paid maternity leave. Zero, ziltch, telur ayam. They give 12 weeks UNPAID leave instead. Kesian...
So we're not so bad, I guess. But why compare to (one of the) worse cases when there are many more countries giving better benefits to new moms, right? That's why I wrote to our Prime Minister to consider increasing the number of paid maternity leave in Malaysia from 60 to 90 days.
Well, technically I wrote my name and signed it :D
I truly support this campaign and pray that our dream to see a 90-day paid maternity leave materialises in the near future. Amin...