by AZREEN HANI/ FILE PIX
THE Employees Provident Fund (EPF) is finalising the details of the access to Account 1 facility, to be called i-Sinar and the announcement will be made on Wednesday.
EPF said in a statement today that i-Sinar was developed after exhaustive and detailed consultation with key stakeholders in order to address the present challenges faced by affected members while ensuring some future retirement savings for them.
”The EPF believes that the total amounts available under i-Sinar together with the maximum withdrawal of RM500 a month from Account 2 under the i-Lestari facility (launched in April 2020), will allow affected members to sustain themselves in the short term,” the fund said.
”i-Sinar further expands on the estimated total withdrawal amount of RM30 billion under i-Lestari which will be ending March 2021.”
Applications for i-Sinar will begin from December 2020 and amounts will be credited into members’ bank accounts starting January 2021 onwards.
The Malaysian Reserve had previously reported that EPF is having reservations on the withdrawal from Account 1 as it is not a viable solution to help cash-strapped individuals manage their economic hardship.
Last Tuesday, the EPF said it was refining and improving the targeted Account 1 withdrawal facility as announced in Budget 2021.
“All views and feedback from various stakeholders are being carefully considered,” the retirement fund had said in a statement.
The EPF said the targeted withdrawal facility should be made based on a detailed study to balance the needs of fund members to address current challenges, while ensuring their retirement savings for future wellbeing.
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