IPOH: The Perak government has received a lukewarm response for the i-Suri incentive scheme.
State Women and Family Development, Character Development and Community Welfare Committee chairman Wong May Ing (DAP-Pantai Remis) said only 1,454 women registered for the housewives’ Employees Provident Fund (EPF) account as of June 30.
“The total eligible women in Perak who are entitled to apply for the incentives are 13,603. However, only 10.6% registered with EPF.
“We approached some of the non-applicants and asked for their reasons, and many responded that their husbands could not afford to pay RM5 a month, as required by the programme,” she said in a press conference on the sidelines at the state assembly sitting here on Thursday (Nov 29).
i-Suri was introduced earlier by Pakatan Harapan government to encourage housewives, single mothers, divorcees and widows to start saving independently for their future.
Husbands of the registered recipients will contribute a minimum amount of RM5 monthly or RM60 per year to be eligible for the incentive of RM40 per month given by the government.
Wong added the government is working together with the state Implementation and Coordination Unit (ICU) to encourage eligible recipients to take advantage of the incentive.
Wong also revealed that Terengganu recorded the highest registered recipients with 6,905, while Perlis is the lowest, with only 401 registered.
“Husbands also need to play their part. They need to encourage their wives to register with the programme,” said Wong.