PUTRAJAYA: A mechanism will be looked at to allow housewives to contribute to the Employees Provident Fund, said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail (pic).
"I will be meeting up with EPF chief executive officer Datuk Shahril Ridza Ridzuan next week to discuss on an action plan to allow housewives to make contributions," said Dr Wan Azizah.
She said this when speaking to reporters after clocking in her first day as the Minister of Women, Family and Community Development Ministry on Thursday (May 24), adding that the discussions will look at the criteria and mechanism to achieve this.
She noted that due consideration must be given to the proposal under Pakatan Harapan's 100-day manifesto promise as it will involve the proposed two-percent monthly contributions by husbands, including RM50 from the Government.
Dr Wan Azizah said this was among the issues to be tackled by her since assuming the post.
"A special action team has also been formed to look at stunted growth and obesity among children, particularly those from poorer families," she added.
She said experts such as economist, dieticians and paediatricians would be roped in to give their input.
On changes to be made, Dr Wan Azizah said that ministry will continue as the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry and not the Women's Affairs and Family Ministry as announced earlier.
She reiterated that she will not pull the plug on the National Permata Programme but instead carry out at audit to improve the programme.
Dr Wan Azizah also said that the ministry's Family and Empowerment Programme at 18 high-risk communities would be maintained.
"I will try to see how to increase the allocation for this programme," she added.
On laws on gender equality, Dr Wan Azizah said discussions are underway on how best to approach the issue.
She added that the ministry will also conduct a study on laws on domestic violence including on improved protection for women and children.
Earlier, Dr Wan Azizah was greeted by former minister Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim as she arrived at 8.45am.
Short prayers were held before Dr Wan Azizah clocked in duties at 9am.
Rohani later signed over official duties to Dr Wan Azizah.
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