EPF to align monthly contribution with new minimum wages order

KUALA LUMPUR: Beginning Jan 1 next year, the minimum contribution of employees and employers to the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) will be aligned with the Minimum Wages Order (Amendment) 2018 of RM1,100 for both Peninsular Malaysia, and Sabah and Sarawak.

The EPF said a minimum contribution of RM264 was expected to be received from every worker who earned monthly wages, subject to being employed for the full month, under the new measure.

Different minimum contributions may apply to members who are salaried on a weekly, daily or hourly basis.

The EPF said notices had been sent to all registered employers on this matter and that it would work closely with employers to ensure the smooth implementation of the policy.

“Alignment of the minimum wage should help EPF members achieve sufficient savings for their retirement and help strengthen their future financial resilience,” CEO Tunku Alizakri Alias said in a statement today.

He said 1.64 million, or 23%, of the 7.11 million active EPF members contributed less than the current minimum wage of RM1,000.

Statistics from the EPF show that 64% of members who reach the age of 54 have savings below RM50,000, which is a meagre sum when taking into account the rising cost of living and household debt.

Tunku Alizakri said low wages, particularly among low-income earners, was one of the primary reasons why many Malaysian workers retired with insufficient funds.

“With the proven success of EPF’s Retirement Advisory Services for members, the fund will be providing free retirement advisory services for employers, including having dedicated officers to manage the employers’ relationship with EPF,” he added.

For more information, contact the EPF Contact Management Centre at 03-89226000, visit the EPF website at www.kwsp.gov.my or visit any of the 67 EPF branches nationwide.