‘Noble idea for artistes to have EPF contributions’

  • Nation
  • Saturday, 12 Oct 2019

PETALING JAYA: Datuk Norman Abdul Halim says the idea of contract workers in the film industry contributing to the Employees Provident Fund is a noble one.

“But a more detailed study is needed on this before its implementation, ” the president and CEO of KRU Group of Companies said.

In Budget 2020, EPF contribution for contractual workers would be implemented on a voluntary basis, starting with those in the arts industry. The initiative is a cooperation between EPF and the National Film Development Corporation Malaysia.

Presently, freelancers and contractual workers do not have such a benefit.

This, according to Norman, was because “a talent – say an actor that a studio hires – does not commit exclusively to just one project.”

He or she, Norman said, might be working on a couple of projects concurrently.

“There is also the question of who will bear the cost? Does it fall on the producer or the broadcaster?”

He said if a producer had to contribute to the EPF, it would lead to higher production costs.

“Then, there is the question of whether the contractual worker is agreeable to the 11% deduction from his salary.

“Nonetheless, this is a fair idea for workers, ” said Norman.

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