KUANTAN, Jun 23 – A special conference to fine-tune the issues on the proposed implementation of the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) contribution for housewives will be held in the second week of August, said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.
She said several relevant government agencies and departments would join the special conference to carefully examine the technical aspects that prevented the implementation of the proposal.
“The EPF, the Social Security Organisation (Socso) and the relevant departments will discuss and find the best way to implement it as there are some technical issues such as Section 51 of the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) Act and the Employment Act 1955 that prevented the implementation.
‘In addition, we will also look into ways around the EPF Act that do not allow contributions from its members to be touched and we will ask the Ministry of Finance’s view as its implementation also involves government funding,” said Dr Wan Azizah, who is also Minister of Women and Family Development.
Dr Wan Azizah said this at a media conference in conjunction with her visit to the Sultanah Hajjah Kalsom Children’s Home, here today, which was also her first working visit to Pahang after the 14th General Election.
The event was also attended by the Pahang Culture, Unity, Social Welfare, Women and Family Development Committee chairman Datuk Seri Shahaniza Shamsuddin and Social Welfare Department director-general Fazari Salleh.
The Section 51 of the EPF Act stated that no amount may be assignable, transferable, liable to be attached, sequestered, levied upon, for, or in respect of, any debt or claim whatsoever.
Even the Official Assignee was not entitled to or have any claim on any such sum or amount. Meanwhile, Wan Azizah expressed concern over the problem of mental illness in the country that did not receive due attention despite its seriousness.
“This problem needs to be highlighted and given serious attention, not just when there is a tragedy including the loss of life such as children, that we should act. — Bernama