Employees Provident Fund Malaysia – EPF Malaysia

Are you wondering what could be the biggest reason of fast business growth in Malaysia? The simple answer here would be corporate friendly policies for both investors and employees set by the government of Malaysia. One of such policies that has been introduced with employee’s wellbeing in mind is the Employees Provident Fund.

Here we will explain Employees Provident Fund Malaysia, but first we will learn little bit more about Employee Provident Fund (EPF). The article also includes notes about legal acts that this policy follows, difference between EPF and SOCSO, another corporate benefit scheme and EPF contribution in various business categories.

What is EPF & KWSP?

EPF as mentioned earlier stands for Employee Provident Fund. It is locally known as Kumpulan Wang Simpanan Pekerja (KWSP). This is basically a public pension scheme introduced by the Malaysian ministry of finance for the wellbeing of the employees legally working in this country under various company taglines.

It is a federal statutory body started with an intention to manage and plan savings for the retirement session of an employee. The scheme however has been designed specifically for the benefit of private company employees only. It is made mandatory for all private company workers actively working in Malaysia. In must be noted that, if an employee is a non- Malaysian citizen, this scheme is optional.

Difference between EPF and SOCSO

Both EPF and SOCSO are government approved schemes that are meant to benefit both employee and employer of any private companies operating in Malaysia. However, there are differences between EPF Malaysia and social security organization contribution or SOCSO. Many employers and employee often get confused when both of these are introduced to them.

Private companies in Malaysia tend to choose any one of these, whereas the fact is that, all private companies requires to contribute both EPF and SOCSO. Contributing in these two schemes has been made compulsory by the corporate law of Malaysia. The difference between EPF and SOCSO has been highlighted below:

Need to be registered within 7 days of hiring the first employee. Both employee and employer need to be registered themselves within 30 days of company activity. 
This is meant for employee retirement plans This is meant for employees who faced accidents or physical disabilities during company employment sessions
This is implemented under the employee provident fund Act 1991 This is implemented under the employees’ social security Act 1969
Foreign workers can voluntarily contribute to this scheme It is mandatory for foreign workers to contribute in SOCSO.
The payment for EPS has to be made in either way: Internet bankingE-CarumanRecommended EPF countersSpecifically identified Banks The payment for SOCSO can be made in either way: iPERKESO portalInternet bankingPERKESO assistant portalSpecifically identified BanksRecognized SOCSO counters

Needs to mention that, in spite of differences, in both contribution schemes, a required portion from the salary has to be deducted accordingly at a monthly basis. Additionally, both schemes recommend regular distributions of salary statements to the employees.

Steps to register EPF in Malaysia

EPF can be registered wither manually or by online registration process. Here are the requirement steps to register EPF in Malaysia:

  1. The EPF office situated at regional levels of Malaysia handles and monitors all EPF registration activities.
  2. Employer of a company has to register EPF form for his/her employees as soon as the employee has been hired
  3. The Employee has to draft the Form KWSP 1 as part of EPF registration formality
  4. Additional forms have to be submitted which include Section 14 and Section 15. These forms are issued by the Companies Commission of Malaysia.
  5. Once registered successfully a company employer will receive several documents of approvals such as: Employer’s Reference Number to facilitate monthly EPF payments, Form KWSP 3, Form KWSP 4, Form KWSP 6, and an Employer’s Registration Certificate as a prove of EPF contributions before company’s employees.

EPF withdrawal process in Malaysia

EPF withdrawal process in Malaysia

Once you are under the EPF scheme and contributed as recommended throughout your work timeline in a Malaysian private company, you are eligible to withdraw your EPF in Malaysia the withdrawal, however, demands certain requisitions that need to be checked by an employee.

Another Thing that need to be kept in mind is that, EPF withdrawal process may vary for various regulatory attributes. You have to be up to date with the current local authority related to EPF to be aware about that. These common requirements are:

  • you can withdraw your EPF anytime at and after the age of 55.
  • In recent days, the most convenient way to withdraw EPF is to use the EPF i-Akaun.
  • The fund can also be retrieved via online through e-Pengeluaran.
  • The withdrawal request can be sent manually via post to the nearest regional EPF office Malaysia.
  • The withdrawal request can be set up by drafting a form that requires personal information and withdrawal confirmations. Once drafted, submit it to the EPF office or online portals.
  • An issuer also needs to come up with bank account information
  • KWSP 9B (AHL) Application form
  • KWSP 3(Pindaan) form
  • Once request form has been sent as recommended, EPF body will send your credit to the applicant’s provided address within 2 weeks.

EPF Act Malaysia

EPF in Malaysia follows EPF Act 1991. It is implemented on employers and employees of any private company running in Malaysia. Employees Provident Fund Malaysia follows the same scheme to contribute for their retirement savings. The Act opened up a platform that meets up legal, ethical and moral obligations of Malaysian company employees.

EPF contribution by sole proprietor or partner

The minimum rate of EPF contribution for a sole proprietor can go as low as RM 50. This amount may go up to a maximum of RM 5000 for this type of self-ownership company.  It is recommended to pay the amount on time, although, late payment of EPF is not punishable for a sole proprietor in Malaysia.

EPF monthly contributions

Employees Provident Fund or EPF Malaysia has a definite monthly contribution rate. This has to be kept under consideration before intended for the EPF scheme. Following are the contribution rate:

  • An employer has to contribute 13% EPF if the revenue of employee is more than RM5000
  • An employer has to contribute 12% EPF if the gross salary of an employee is less than RM5000
  • An employee will receive 12% EPF from their employer in the company.
  • An employee aged older than 60 can contribute EPF at a 5% rate

EPF office addresses in Malaysia

EPF office addresses in Malaysia

There are many EPF offices well distributed throughout the regions of Malaysia. Here we have provided few regional KWSP/EPF office addresses:

EPF Office in Kuala Lumpur

1. EPF Petaling Jaya Branch Enforcement Office

Level 9 & 10
Blok 1A, Plaza Sentral
Jalan Stesen Sentral 5
Kuala Lumpur Sentral
50470 Kuala Lumpur

2. EPF Seri Petaling

No. 2, Jalan Radin Bagus 6
Bandar Baru Seri Petaling
57000 Kuala Lumpur

3. EPF Wangsa Maju

No. 32A, Dataran Wangsa
Wangsa Melawati
53300 Kuala Lumpur

4. EPF Jalan Raja Chulan

Tkt Bawah, Mezzanine & 1, No. 3
Bangunan KWSP Changkat Raja Chulan
Off Jalan Raja Chulan
50200 Kuala Lumpur

EPF Office in Selangor

1. EPF Kuala Selangor

Ground Floor & Level 1
No. 1, Jalan Medan Niaga 6
Medan Niaga
45000 Kuala Selangor

2. EPF Gombak

Lot 5, Sunway Batu Caves,
68100 Batu Caves

3. EPF Kajang

No. 1, Jalan Hentian 3
Pusat Hentian Kajang, Jalan Reko
43000 Kajang

4. EPF Klang

Ground Floor & Level 1
Unit B-G-1, North Tower (Tower B)
BBT One the Towers
Lebuh Batu Nilam 1
Bandar Bukit Tinggi
41200 Klang

EPF Office in Pahang

1. EPF Jerantut

Ground Floor
No. 7, Jalan Inderapura
27000 Jerantut

2. EPF Kuantan

EPF Building Pahang,
Persiaran KWSP,
Bandar Indera Mahkota
25200 Kuantan

3. EPF Pekan

Ground Floor & Level 1
No. 10, Lorong Peramu Permai 1
Taman Peramu Permai
26600 Pekan

4. EPF Raub

No. 79, Jalan Tun Razak
27600 Raub

EPF Office in Malacca

EPF Malacca

KWSP Building
Jalan MITC, Hang Tuah Jaya
75450 Ayer Keroh

EPF Office in Labuan

EPF Labuan

Ground Floor, Lot E004,
Financial Park, Jalan Merdeka
87000 Wilayah Persekutuan Labuan


What is EPF?

EPF stands for Employees Provident Fund. It is a federal contribution scheme, which has been made compulsory by the Malaysian department of finance for the wellbeing of private company employers and their employees during retirements.

How much is EPF contribution in Malaysia?

Following are the EPF contribution rate:
**An employer has to contribute 13% EPF if the revenue is more than **RM5000
**An employer has to contribute 12% EPF if the gross salary is less than RM5000
**An employee has to contribute 11% EPF from their salary
**An employee aged older than 60 can contribute EPF at a 5% rate

When can I withdraw my EPF Malaysia?

Once you reach the age 55 years you can withdraw EPF.

How can I get my EPF statement?

An employee can get the EPF statement from the employer under whom he/ she works for at monthly basis.

Who is eligible for EPF?

Any Malaysian employees and employers working in private company are eligible for EPF. Foreign employee can voluntarily contribute to EPF as well. You may want to know about licensing in Malaysia.

How long EPF withdrawal takes?

It takes 2 weeks to withdraw EPF credits.

Related Article:

Details about SOCSO – Social Security Organization (iPERKESO)


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