Thursday, July 23, 2009

Private Pension Funds

Malaysia is set to have private pension funds by the middle of 2010. This is part of the whole pension fund reform in the country and crucial for building the new high income-based economic model.

Several fund managers have shown keen interest in establishing private pension funds. Therefore, there could be a few, rather than just one.

At present, a relatively large proportion of the economically active population in the formal sector has pension coverage through the Employees Provident Fund (EPF), the public sector pension scheme and Lembaga Tabung Angkatan Tentera (LTAT).

As at the end of 2008, there were over two million self-employed Malaysians remaining outside any formal pension system.

The important issue is sustainability of financial security during retirement.

A survey by the EPF indicated that about 90 per cent of contributors have less than RM100,000 in their accounts. Over 70 per cent would have exhausted their total contributions within three years of withdrawing a lump sum on retirement at the age of 55. This means by 58, an average retiree would have depleted all his retirement savings with EPF.

This underlying trend reflects the sole dependence of retirees on their EPF savings as a safety net, and as such, the inadequacy of sustainable levels of income after retirement.

1 comment:

Maya Burgess said...

The answer is that it is an abstruse business to applying the Constitutional Monarchy, Federation for the goal of holding a population of 22244000 citizens on 329758.00 square miles