KUALA LUMPUR, 23 March 2020: Employees Provident Fund (EPF) says that EPF members may apply for the i-Lestari Account 2 Withdrawal Scheme beginning 1 April 2020. They can expect their savings to be deposited into their bank accounts from 1 May 2020.
Chief EPF Officer Alizakri Alias said, “i-Lestari will provide some relief to those financially affected during this period of concern and uncertainty. As a retirement fund, the EPF has to strike a balance between our mandate to safeguard our members’ retirement savings, and caring for their well-being.”
Adding that allowing for the withdrawal would require an amendment to the EPF Act 1991 under Section 54 (6), Alizakri said, “We are placing i-Lestari as our top priority for urgent roll-out. We have a dedicated email for i-Lestari, [email protected], where our members can send in their queries. These will then be collated and added to our list of FAQs on our website www.kwsp.gov.my.”
Alizakri also reminded members that it is especially important to practise discretion when reading the news and social media. “There are a lot of scammers and rumours going around, especially through WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter. Please know that the EPF only communicates to the public via our website, and our official social media channels.”
Issued by the EPF Media Desk
Corporate Affairs Department
23 March 2020
EPF i-Lestari Account 2 Withdrawal Facility