Employees Provident Fund
A retirement plan for the private and public sectors in Malaysia, enacted by the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) Act of 1991, intended to help employees save a portion of their salary in the event of retirement, disability, sickness or unemployment. As of 2007, employees are required to contribute at least 11% of their paycheck, with their employers contributing at least an additional 12%. The savings can then be used by the EPF for a wide variety of investments, and the participating employees are repaid through reinvested dividends. Employees may withdraw 30% of their accumulated EPF savings at age 50, and 100% at age 55.