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EPF withdrawal remains at 55

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THE Employees Provident Fund said the age for full withdrawal from the fund will remain at 55 although retirement age for private sector employees will be raised to 60 years, following the passing of the Minimum Retirement Age Bill 2012 last month.

EPF public relations manager Nik Effendi Nik Jaafar said after taking into consideration feedback from members, the government will not make any amendment at this point in time.

"EPF wihdrawal stays at 55 even if the retirement age is extended to 60 years old," Nik Effendi told the New Straits Times here yesterday.

Nik Effendi was commenting on a report in an English daily which quoted Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Donald Lim Siang Chai as saying the age for full withdrawal from the EPF by contributors will be raised to 60 years and partial withdrawal to 55.

"It is a consequential move. Once we raise the minimum retirement age, we have to raise the age of EPF withdrawal as well," Lim was quoted as saying.

Currently, contributors can make partial EPF withdrawal at 50 and full withdrawal of their savings upon retirement at 55.

However, Lim was reported as saying EPF was looking at providing a transition period for contributors who have already planned to withdraw their contributions within the next few years.

"We have not finalised the transition period, but it will be between three and five years," he said adding that during this period, contributors who reached the age of 55 could still make full withdrawals.

MTUC secretary-general Abdul Halim Mansor was quoted as saying the union was in the dark about the reported amendment to the Employees Provident Fund Act 1991 to raise the withdrawal age.


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