SEREMBAN: Other states should follow in Negri Sembilan's footsteps and make Employees Provident Fund (EPF) contributions for housewives under the i-Suri scheme, says fund chairman Tan Sri Ahmad Badri Mohd Zahir.
"This shows that the state also recognises the roles of housewives to their families and the nation's development," he said before receiving a cheque of RM501,480 from Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Aminuddin Harun.
He received the cheque at a ceremony here on Tuesday (Sept 22).
The Federal Government launched the i-Suri incentive scheme in Aug 2018 for housewives, single mothers and widows registered under the e-Kasih programme to offer them some protection.
Those who contribute a minimum of RM5 every month will receive a RM40 contribution from the Federal Government.
In addition to the Federal Government's RM40 incentive, eligible i-Suri members enjoy the same benefits as EPF members such as annual dividends on their retirement savings, EPF savings withdrawals and a death benefit.
In his speech earlier, Aminuddin said the 8,358 housewives in Negri who had registered under the e-Kasih programme would receive an additional RM5 from the state government.
In his speech when handing over i-Suri contributions on behalf of the state government for housewives in the state to the EPF, Aminuddin said that he hoped more Malaysians would have some form of savings for their old age, especially women and housewives.
Aminuddin said the state government had also set aside RM1mil under the state's 2020 budget where a one-off payment of RM200 was given to 5,000 single mothers under the Care 4 U programme.
Another RM1.6mil was also allocated to help women upgrade their skills under the Power House Wanita Gemilang programme.
To date, 228 courses have been organised involving some 12,000 participants.
Aminuddin also said the state government would consider allocating more funds to continue the i-Suri programme for 2021 and would announce their decision during the tabling of the state budget in November.
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