PUTRAJAYA, March 18 (Bernama) — The Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) today proposed that employees who agree to have their Employees Provident Fund (EPF) contribution reduced by three per cent should be asked to complete a special form.
Its acting president, Abdullah Sani Abdul Hamid, said that requiring employees to complete Form KWSP17A (Khas2016) if they wanted to retain the contribution of 11 per cent was a hassle.
A survey by MTUC found that a majority of workers (employees) were not in favour of the three per cent reduction of EPF contribution and being forced to complete a special form if they wanted to retain their normal contribution.
“The reduction in EPF contribution will be detrimental to the private sector employees who consider the money as savings since they are not entitled to a pension,” he told reporters after handing over a memorandum on the matter to the Ministry of Finance here.
On Jan 28, Prime Minister and Finance Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, in announcing the recalibration of Budget 2016, said the government agreed to reduce EPF contribution by employees by three per cent from March 2016 to December 2017.
However, the employers’ contribution remains unchanged.
The measure is expected to increase private consumption expenditure by RM8 billion a year and boost the economy.