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Here’s How To Apply For Withdrawal RM500 From EPF Account 2 Starting Tomorrow

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The Prime Minister announced last week that members of the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) would be allowed to withdraw up to RM500 per month from their account. This production facility, known as i-Lestari, will be available starting April 1, 2020.

The i-Lestari withdrawal aims to ease the financial burden of members to meet the basic monthly needs of the Covid-19 pandemic. Below are what people need to know about i-Lestari:

i-Lestari Withdrawal basically functions as follows:

  1. Withdrawals can only be made from Akaun 2.
  2. The number of monthly withdrawals one is entitled to be counted from the date of receipt of the approved application for withdrawal, until the end of the facility’s validity period, i.e. 31 March 2021.
  3. Requested withdrawals will be credited to the member’s bank account on a monthly basis (recurring for the subsequent months)

Example:

  1. If an application is approved in April 2020, the number of monthly withdrawals one is entitled to be the maximum amount of 12 monthly withdrawals.
  2. If an application is approved in September 2020, the number of monthly withdrawals one is entitled to be 7 months.
  3. If an application is approved in March 2021, the number of monthly withdrawals one is entitled to be 1 month.

The i-Lestari Withdrawal facility is open to:

  1. Malaysian citizens, permanent residents, and non-Malaysians;
  2. Age below 55; and
  3. Have savings in Akaun 2.

Duration of application for i-Lestari Withdrawal application.

  • Members can submit the i-Sustainable Withdrawal application form from April 1, 2020, to March 31, 2021. (Applications must be approved by the EPF by March 31, 2021)

Amount members are allowed to withdraw under i-Lestari Withdrawal

  • The permitted amount under i-Lestari Withdrawal ranges from a minimum of RM50 to a maximum of RM500 a month; subject to the amount of savings available in the member’s Akaun 2 at the time of withdrawal payment being made for the particular month.
  • If the total amount of savings in Akaun 2 is lesser than the amount applied for, then the amount of withdrawal for that particular month shall be whatever the remaining amount is.

When will payment be made to EPF members?

  • For withdrawal applications received in April 2020, payment will be made in May 2020.
  • For withdrawal applications received after April 2020, withdrawal payment will be made from the date the withdrawal application is received by the EPF.

How to apply?

A complete application form can be submitted to the EPF beginning 1 April 2020 through the following methods:

  1. Online (use e-Pengeluaran via Member’s i-Akaun)
  2. By e-mail addressed to: [email protected]; or
  3. By post addressed to:
    Kumpulan Wang Simpanan Pekerja, Karung Berkunci No 220, Jalan Sultan 46720, Petaling Jaya with the note (Attention to i-Lestari) written on the front of the envelope

To ensure faster approval process members are encouraged to submit their applications online via e-Pengeluaran. Manual submissions sent through methods (b) and (c) will take a longer processing time. However, withdrawal applications for non-Malaysians can be made via methods (b) and (c) only.

Why is i-Lestari Withdrawal only allowed once every month?

  • The monthly withdrawal frequency is designed to supplement the monthly source of income to help members meet their monthly basic financial needs.

Why is i-Lestari Withdrawal only available for one year?

  • The i-Lestari Withdrawal Facility is intended as a financial relief to assist EPF members to weather the impact of COVID-19 pandemic. The Government will continue to monitor the development of the current situation and the necessity of this facility from time to time.

Source: KWSP/EPF

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Brazilian Teen Allegedly Cries Blood And Doctors Have No Idea Why

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Brazil, a 15-year-old girl has baffled doctors after allegedly crying blood from her eyes for over a week. Doctors claim that they can’t understand what is happing with the girl.

Doris started feeling sick on September 12, her mother then decided to take her to the hospital in her home city of Sao Paolo. The girl said that she felt uncomfortable in her abdomen and doctors diagnosed her with kidney stones. The medication was given for the pain and she was sent home.

Unfortunately, on Sunday morning, she was rushed to the emergency room for the second time as blood coming out from one of her eyes. She was examined but doctors couldn’t determine the cause of the blood tears. When she told the doctors there was no discomfort nor pain caused by the blood, she was once again sent home.

The girl’s mother, Juliana Teixeira de Miranda, said, “My daughter did countless tests, but they couldn’t find any problems. The doctors released her and we returned home at dawn on Monday.”

“We are going to do whatever the professionals ask, we want to find out what’s really going on.”

Juliana said that her daughter had blood flowing from both the girl’s eyes, worrying the family even more. Doris, once again, was taken to the hospital, but still, no one had any clues about her condition.

“She underwent a tomography and several other tests, but the doctors found nothing that could justify the blood tears. As there are no answers, the doctors asked her to do some more tests this week to try to find the cause,” Doris’ mother said.

It said that the hospital where she was admitted wanted to do more tests on her in order to determine the exact cause of the bizarre symptom.

Ophthalmologist Rafael Antonio Barbosa Delsin said, “The presence of blood in the tear is called hemolacria, a condition already described in the medical literature. Treatment depends on the cause, but sometimes it disappears as suddenly as it appeared, without treatment and without a conclusive diagnosis,”.

“Most of the time it is a problem in the patient’s body. Although it causes certain amazement, they are not complicated cases to treat. Depending on the cause, it can be treated with antibiotics and hormonal remedies. This situation rarely causes other health problems for the patient,” Leandro Fonseca added.

Source: Oddity Central

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LATEST: Ron95 and Ron97 Up Five Sen, Diesel Four Sen Higher

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According to the statement release by the Ministry of Finance, RON95 petrol will be priced at RM1.68 per litre, up five sen per litre from the RM1.63 it was last week.

Meanwhile, RON97 petrol also sees a five sen hike to RM1.98 compare to RM1.93 last week.

These prices remain in effect until October 2, 2020.

Sources: MOF

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Mine-Detecting Rat Named Magawa Wins The PDSA Gold Medal

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Magawa, an African giant pouched rat has been successfully rewarded a prestigious gold medal for his work and dedication for helping out to detect land mines. This rat has sniffed out 39 landmines and also 28 unexploded munitions throughout his career.

Magawa has been presented with its Gold Medal by the UK veterinary charity PDSA. The award was given to the African giant pouched rat for “life-saving devotion to duty, in the location and also clearance of deadly landmines in Cambodia”. Magawa has saved the place from a total of up to six million landmines in the southeast Asian country.

The PDSA’s Gold Medal has been inscribed with the words “For animal gallantry or devotion to duty”. Out of all the 30 animal recipients of the award, Magawa is the first rat that has been proudly awarded. This seven-year-old rodent has been trained by the one and only Belgium-registered charity called Apopo which is based in Tanzania. This specific facility has been raising all the animals. It also is famously known as HeroRATs. The purpose of Apopo to train all these animals are to detect landmines and also tuberculosis since the 1990s era. The animals will be certified after a year of hard work and also training.

Christophe Cox who is Apopo’s chief executive told the Press Association news agency, “To receive this medal is really an honor for us”. He also added, “But also it is big for the people in Cambodia, and all the people around the world who are suffering from landmines”.

According to the facts stated by Apopo, Magawa is a born and raised African giant pouched rat in Tanzania. He weighs 1.2kg (2.6lb) and also is 70cm (28in) long. Even though his size is far larger than many other rat species, Magawa is still considered to be small enough and light enough that he does not trigger mines if he walks over them.

All the rats there are trained to detect and to be familiar with a chemical compound within the explosives. This means that they totally ignore the scrap metal and is able to search for mines more quickly. Once they find an explosive, they will immediately scratch the top to alert their human co-workers. Magawa is one of then rats that is capable of searching a field the size of a tennis court in just 20 minutes. This ability is something Apopo says would take a person with a metal detector between one and four days to be done.

Magawa only works for half an hour a day in the mornings and he also is nearing retirement age. The PDSA director-general that is Jan McLoughlin said his work with Apopo was a very “truly unique and outstanding” experience. Jan McLoughlin said, “Magawa’s work directly saves and changes the lives of men, women, and children who are impacted by these landmines”. She also added, “Every discovery he makes reduces the risk of injury or death for local people”.

Sources: BBC News.

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