KUALA LUMPUR: Deputy Prime Minister Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail today chided a PAS MP for suggesting the government also contribute to the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) for the benefit of second and third wives.
She said the RM50 EPF contribution was only meant for a man’s first wife.
“If a man can afford to marry two or three women, he can provide for them,” she told the Dewan Rakyat in response to the suggestion by Kuala Nerus MP Khairuddin Aman Razali.
Wan Azizah, who is also the women, family and community development minister, said the EPF contribution for housewives was meant to help them in the event of exigencies.
The EPF contribution of 2% of the husband’s salary and RM50 from government funds for housewives was one of the promises made in Pakatan Harapan’s election manifesto.
PH had promised to carry out the initiative in three stages within 100 days of coming to power.
Wan Azizah said she had chaired the first phase of a workshop to implement the scheme for housewives.
“Housewives are prone to experience sudden changes in the household, such as the death of the husband or a divorce,” she said.