KOTA KINABALU: enthusiastic applicants flooded the Employees & # 39; Precautionary Fund (EPF) building at Karamunsing after registration for Caruman Sukarela Insentif Suri (i-Suri) was opened on Wednesday, according to a representative of the EPF .
Views of single mothers, housewives, widows and divorces could be seen who were assisted by officers to register in i-Suri from 8.30 am until closing time at 4.30 pm.
The representative said that the response was positive for i-Suri and those who were eligible, valued the scheme, allowing a minimum contribution of RM5 per month to their retirement savings accounts to be eligible for a monthly RM40 -stimulation by the government, which will be paid into their EPF accounts.
A widow, who identified herself as Connie, agreed that it was a good schedule and praised the government for fulfilling another promise in their election manifesto.
"I understand that the new government is really doing a lot of things for the rakyat, and it's good they think of ladies, especially those who have little to no income," she said.
Connie showed mixed feelings because she did not qualify for i-Suri at the age of 64.
suggest that the age limit of 18 to 60 years old is extended to help more women.
"I think that those over 60 should also be entitled to this scheme, because in a way we have contributed more to the country before independence.
" Maybe the government could consider the age limit to help more women over the age of 60, because the older we get, the more support we need, "she said.
Meanwhile, housewife Anne was grateful for i-Suri because she felt it was the financial burden for her family.
Anne, who is the mother of three children, expressed the hope that the scheme would continue in the future to provide sustainable, long-term help to those who are eligible.
Housewives, widows and single mothers w The profiles in the National Poverty Database (eKasih) can register for i-Suri and enjoy the same benefits as EPF members, such as annual dividends on retirement savings, age 50, 55 and 60 withdrawal, disability benefit and death benefit. This comes on top of the RM40 incentive by the government.
According to eKasih statistics, a total of 221,890 housewives, 98,536 widows, and 28,116 divorces of the hardcore poor would benefit from government stimulus by participating in i-Suri.  What do you think of this story?