PRESS STATEMENT BY YB CHONG ENG ON NOVEMBER 24, 2021
CHAIRMAN OF DAP WOMEN’S WING | PENANG EXCO FOR SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT AND NON-ISLAMIC RELIGIOUS AFFAIRS | PADANG LALANG STATE ASSEMBLYMAN:
EPF’S I-SAYANG A GOOD MOVE TO INCLUDE A WIFE INTO SOCIAL SAFETY NET
I welcome the Employees Provident Fund’s move to launch i-Sayang facility early next year as part of its efforts to improve the livelihood of the people.
The facility will allow voluntary transfer of 2% EPF contributions by a contributor to his wife’s account.
This is a positive step towards recognising a homemaker’s contribution especially in the case of a wife giving up her career to take care of a family.
The 2% EPF contribution may not be a huge sum of money but it will definitely accumulate over a long period of time and this can be a form of financial planning.
A homemaker is unable to work full time and thereby denied of the social safety net she used to be entitled to while in employment.
While love and care is unable to be measured by financial payment, the EPF contribution serves as an effort to acknowledge a wife’s role in a family by including her into the social safety net.
This helps to create a harmonious family and reduce gender disparity in earning power.
It is time to move on from the traditional mindset of homemaker not earning income and therefore reward is not necessary.
The world is changing fast and we are entering new era whereby some of the existing schemes under the EPF may need expansion to include new facilities to meet with fresh and unprecedented challenges, especially after the Covid-19 pandemic.
Perhaps we should also consider exploring the possibilities of allowing homemakers to be entitled to social security benefits. After all, housework is also work which contribute to the economy but without salary.
行动党全国妇女组主席 | 槟州社会发展及非伊斯兰事务委员会主席 | 槟城州巴当拉浪区州议员章瑛于11月24日的文告:
欢迎公积金的新计划 – i-Sayang把妻子纳入了社会福利， 提供保障
我欢迎公积金将在明年初启动I – Sayang计划，作为其改善民生活的一部分。
虽然爱和关怀不能用金钱来衡量，但I – Sayang计划是通过将妻子纳入社会福利机制 ，承认妻子在家庭中的付出， 提供保障。