Abang Johari speaks at the Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) mini convention in Betong today (Sept 26).

KUCHING: The state government will make contributions to the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) to enable unemployed mothers to continue receiving its benefits.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said the proposal which was approved last week is the latest welfare initiative by the Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Ministry.

“We will make contributions to the EPF for mothers that are currently without income. In this way, they will continue to receive benefits from the fund.

“At the moment, there are no contributions (to their EPF), so we will pay for them. We have approved RM17 million for the purpose. This is GPS’ new approach to taking care of the welfare of the needy,” he said.

He said these while officiating at Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) mini convention in Betong on Saturday (Sept 26).

Abang Johari said besides the contributions, the state government is also assisting mothers with maternity leave by giving them RM450 each month for three months.

“In addition, for people over 60 years old, they will be given the Kenyalang Gold Card which will entitle them to discounts whenever they pay for things such as groceries. They also get assistance from the state government to meet funeral expenses,” he said.

The chief minister said the existing RM1,000 Endowment Fund Sarawak (EFS) initiative will continue and that the funds can be used for children to further their studies after they reached 18 years of age.

Abang Johari for the education of bright children in Sarawak, the state government will construct international schools that will use the Cambridge syllabus, making top notch education accessible to all.

“If they perform well, we can send them to renowned universities. Through Yayasan Sarawak, we now have collaborations with Stanford University and London School of Economics (LSE), Oxford University and Cambridge University,” he said.