A 48-year-old woman in Malacca received a rude shock when she could not withdraw money from her late husband's Employees Provident Fund account because he had nominated his lover as beneficiary.
Sinar Harian reported that M. Tamil Selvee from Taman Kesang Damai, Jasin, went to the Jasin EPF office to make the withdrawal as she needed the money to help with expenses. However, an officer explained to her that her husband had changed the name of the beneficiary to another woman.
Tamil Selvee, who earns RM322 a month as a sweeper at a temple, said she knew the woman was having an affair with her husband.
"I knew about the affair, but what can I do? As a wife, I was obedient to him. I did not expect him to do this.
"I have begged that woman to give up a portion of the money for my family, but she did not care," said Tamil Selvee.
The single mother has three children, but two died from sickness.
Her 26-year-old daughter is married and has her own family.
"I want to advise wives out there to check the nominees on their husbands' accounts so that what happened to me won't happen to anyone else," she said.
"Also to the men out there, please do not do this to your wives."
Her tractor driver husband, K. Chellamanickam, made some withdrawals from the fund as soon as he turned 50 and left a balance of RM31,000. He passed away in July due to an accident at work.