EPF denies woman’s allegation over hubby’s funds

EPF denies woman’s allegation over hubby’s funds

PETALING JAYA - The Employees Provident Fund (EPF) has categorically denied an allegation by a woman that her husband's money was allowed to be released without having his thumbprint verified.

EPF public relations general manager Nik Affendi Jaafar said he had personally checked the documents and found that the husband's thumbprint had been verified.

Moreover, he said, it was not possible for two persons to have identical thumbprints.

"Her husband's name is Lai Choo Hup. And his thumbprint was recorded before the release of cheques dated on July 14, 1997, and Nov 22, 1999," he said when contacted yesterday.

In response, Lai said he had lodged a report at the Dang Wangi police station in Kuala Lumpur on June 26.

"I did not withdraw the money," emphasised the 68-year-old, who worked as a shopping complex operations manager prior to his retirement and now works as a building manager.

The EPF clarification came after the woman, who is known as Annie Low, alleged in The Star's Letters to Editor that someone had fraudulently withdrawn "their" retirement funds amounting to RM38,129.39 (S$15080)  in 1997 and RM128,682.56 in 1999.

Low said her husband would not withdraw the money without consulting her.

Stressing that EPF accounts were confidential and private to the individual holder, Nik Affendi said it was ironic that Low was complaining on behalf of her husband.

"Furthermore, the allegation is false. We take this very seriously as it tarnishes the image and integrity of EPF," he said, adding that making false allegations was a serious offence and EPF would reserve the right to take further action in accordance with the law.

He reiterated that EPF was committed to protecting its members' retirement savings.

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