Fatimah (second left) giving further explanation to some of the participants about i-Saraan after the briefing session.

KUCHING: Sarawakian women are urged to participate in the Employees Provident Fund (EPF)’s voluntary retirement savings programme — Voluntary Contribution with Retirement Incentive (i-Saraan).

Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Minister Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah said i-Saraan allows members who are self-employed and do not earn a regular income to make voluntary contributions towards retirement up to RM60,000 annually.

“Under the programme, the self-employed will also receive an additional special government incentive of 15 per cent, subject to a maximum of RM250 annually.

“That is a big amount. So, we want our ladies who are not listed under the National Database on Poverty (eKasih) to get the incentive,” she said.

She said this when speaking at the closing ceremony of a talk on i-Suri, i-Saraan, special aid for single mothers and iSarawakcare held at Waterfront Hotel here on Monday (Sept 14).

Those who are eligible for the programme must be a Malaysian citizen, self-employed individuals, registered EPF member, and aged 55 years old and below.

Fatimah (seated centre) with Ministry’s Permanent Secretary Dr Sa’adiah Abdul Samat (seated third left) at a photograph session with participants of the briefing.