KUALA LUMPUR: Pakatan Harapan (PH) Government is committed to strengthen the growth segments in the women’s development agenda, said Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) Dato’ Seri Dr. Wan Azizah Wan Ismail here this evening.
Dr. Wan Azizah who is also the Minister of Women, Family and Community Development said, under the new government it is ensured that Malaysian women will reach greater heights in whatever sectors they are involved in.
The Deputy Prime Minister said, it is not just a matter of justice and rights but also the necessity for them to participate and get involved in the national development.
Malaysia saw a bigger number of women political representations in the PH Government. Dr. Wan Azizah is the first Deputy Prime Minister since the country had its independence in 1957.
“According to statistics from e-Kasih, there are 221,890 housewives, 98,536 widows and 28,116 divorcees coming from the hardcore poor segment of the society who are eligible to enjoy the government incentives by participating in i-Suri.
“The Employees Providend Fund (EPF) i-Suri participants as of 23 August 2018 have been increased to 4,365. Housewives, widows and single mothers whose profiles are enlisted in the National Database on Poverty (e-Kasih) can register for i-Suri.
“Those participants listed in e-Kasih can contribute a minimum of RM5 on a monthly basis into their retirement savings account in order to be eligible to receive the government incentive of RM40 per month which will be deposited into their EPF accounts,” she said in her speech at the National Women’s Day Dinner 2018 at Dewan Perdana Felda here this evening.
As the Minister of Women, Family and Community Development, she also highlighted the philosophy and vision for women’s advancement.
The 2018 theme, “Inspiring Hope, Driving the Vision,” the dinner was attended by esteemed dignitaries; Her Royal Highness, Raja Permaisuri Perak Tuanku Zara Salim and Dato’ Seri Dr. Wan Azizah the Deputy Prime Minister.
The dinner celebrates women’s success in various fields and promotes new approaches that seek to increase women’s involvement in Malaysia’s socio-economic development.
Dr. Wan Azizah added, eligible individuals who signed up for i-Suri will be able to enjoy the same benefits as EPF members such as annual dividends on their retirement savings at the age of 50, 55 and 60 Withdrawal, Incapacitation Benefit and Death Benefit. This is an addition to the Government’s RM40 incentive. – Malaysia World News.