KUALA LUMPUR: Husbands will be able to voluntarily transfer 2% of their Employees Provident Fund (EPF) contributions to their wife, or wives, says Deputy Finance Minister Amiruddin Hamzah.
"One condition is that when a husband states he wants to give the 2% and if he gives the name and identity card number of the recipient, we will not conduct a thorough check," he said.
Amiruddin added that the information given by the husband will be taken at face value, unless there are documents to state otherwise, or that the contribution has ended due to death or divorce.
He added that the EPF will not check if a man has more than one wife.
"If the husband says to give to two, three or four wives and this is done voluntarily, the transfers will be made as requested," he said when winding up replies on debates on the Employees Provident Fund (Amendment) Bill 2019 in Dewan Rakyat on Wednesday (Dec 4).
Earlier, during the debate Datuk Seri Ahmad Maslan (BN-Pontian) raised the issue of husbands having more than one wife.
Ahmad drew laughter from the House when he said he raised the question for the benefit of Datuk Seri Ismail Mohamed Said (BN-Kuala Krua) and Datuk Seri Bung Moktar Radin (BN-Kinabatangan), who were sitting next to him.
"Why is the contribution fixed at 2% and not more. What if you have more than one wife?" "Both Kuala Krau and Kinabatangan have experience in the matter," he said.
Both lawmakers have more than one wife.
Ismail had previously announced in Dewan that both his wives were present in Parliament in 2010, while Bung Moktar had taken actress Datin Seri Zizie Ezette as his second wife in 2009.
Amiruddin said that the contribution is fixed at 2%, as it is meant to help non-working wives so that they will have some form of savings.
Under the amendments, employers who fail to make employee EPF contributions or have outstanding contributions will be barred from leaving the country by the Immigration Department, until the contributions are made.
Employers who fail to comply yet leave the country will be liable to up to six months jail, a maximum fine of RM2,000 or both upon conviction.
The Bill was later passed by Dewan Rakyat.
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