EPF withdrawal  will help  childless couples  via IVF
Published on: Sunday, October 13, 2019
By: Bernama
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KUANTAN: The proposed new withdrawal category to allow contributors of the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) to seek fertility treatments such as in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) will open up opportunities for married couples to experience the joy of parenthood.

Zainuddin Osman, 51, who welcomed his bundle of joy after 12 years of marriage described the proposal tabled in the 2020 Budget as good news as not all couples have the opportunity and means to obtain the high-cost fertility treatments.

“Based on my experience, couples usually used up their savings (to obtain fertility treatments), and yet not all treatments will be successful.

“The EPF’s new withdrawal category will now allow couples who are trying to conceive to obtain early treatment which may increase their chances of having children due to age factors particularly for the women,” he said when contacted by Bernama Saturday.

Zainuddin and his wife Nor Rabiatun Razali, 42, are now proud parents to their only child Puteri Norliyana Damia, seven, after undergoing fertility treatment under the Tunku Azizah Fertility Foundation (TAFF).

Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng in tabling the 2020 Budget at the Dewan Rakyat Friday said the EPF would introduce a new category of withdrawal to allow couples to seek fertility treatment such as in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) procedure.

“I hope couples to take the opportunity because sometimes we really want to put extra efforts (to conceive) but held back due to financial constraints,” Zainuddin said. – Bernama



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