KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysia’s struggle to balance its books while keeping the economy ticking has seen successive governments raid statutory funds more aggressively after almost emptying the Treasury, with the Covid-19 crisis deepening the fiscal squeeze.
This has led the barely year-old Perikatan Nasional (PN) administration to greenlight withdrawals by private sector workers of a whopping RM77 billion (S$25 billion) so far of their retirement savings from the Employees Provident Fund (KWSP).
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