PUTRAJAYA — Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail signed in for work yesterday as the women and family development minister and said her top priority is to discuss the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) contribution for housewives.
Dr Wan Azizah said she will meet with EPF officers next week to discuss the mechanism for the contribution, and will propose a contribution of two per cent of the husband’s earnings and an additional RM50 fromthe government.
“I will meet with EPF chief executive officer Datuk Shahril Ridza Ridzuan next week to discuss the matter,” she said.
“We have to also consider the contribution for the first and second wives in the case of Muslims.”
Dr Wan Azizah said another issue high on her priority list is to address the lack of nutrition, and stunted growth and obesity among children from poor communities.
“Because they only have one meal a day or sometimes skip meals, they don’t get proper nutrients … even when they eat, sometimes it’s just junk food,” she said.
She said experts such as economists, dieticians and paediatricians would be roped in to give their input.
On laws on gender equality, Dr Wan Azizah said more consultation was needed with various organisations on how best to approach the issue.
“The Gender Equality Act requires more consultation with non-government organisations as we have to take into account the Islamic and conservatism aspect of things,” she said.
She said she was committed to ensuring a 30 per cent representation for women in decision-making roles in the government through the introduction of mentorship, leadership and skill programmes.
“We are committed to this and we will meet with women leaders to ensure this comes to pass,” she said.
Separately, asked if Pakatan Harapan leaders would declare their assets in accordance with the pact’s general election manifesto, Dr Wan Azizah said they would do so soon.
She also said the ministry would address the recognition of social work as a profession in the upcoming Parliament session.