As the Full Movement Control Order (FMCO) prolongs, businesses activities are being halted and this leaves the citizen of Malaysia to be stranded with only their savings. Once those savings depleted, the citizen who have no choice but to wait for assistance from the authorities.
On Sunday (27 June), Former Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak had created a poll on Facebook to check on the public’s view towards the extension of i-Lestari and i-Sinar, a plan to allow members to withdraw money from their employee provident fund (EPF) account 1 for the members to sustain their living.
Just within an hour after the poll started, they’ve received over 110,000 votes from netizens, and the results were 95% of them supported the extension.
At the same time, netizens also commented that “It does not matter if the government is not willing to give any assistance. We understand that the government may have more burdens. We just want to withdraw our money to continue our lives, not wanting to be rich. Anyway, thanks for speaking out for us.”
Netizens also pointed that the plan provides an option for those who wish to withdraw money from their EPF account and nobody forces them to do so. Those who need the money must be allowed to use their money to continue living, whereas those who are not affected can maintain their money with EPF.
They urged the authorities to help those affected and they said “Money is not everything, but everything needs money.”
On the other hand, the Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) had criticised the Finance Ministry’s proposal to allow the i-Sinar 2.0 and said that it’s the government’s duty and responsibility to raise fund to assist those affected, and not pushing it back to them.
“The government should not take credit for rendering assistance to the employees when the monies are from the employees’ old age savings.” they added.
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