4 Things to Know About EPF Withdrawals
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4 Things to Know About EPF Withdrawals

While your Employee Provident Fund (EPF) savings are no doubt very important for retirement, there may be times in life when having access to a large amount of money may make it just as important to withdraw it earlier.

If you have considered withdrawing your EPF money for prior use before the age of 50, 55, or 60, here are some fast facts you should know to help you along.

1. What are the EPF withdrawal rules?

Do you know just how many things you can withdraw your EPF for beyond retirement? There are actually a total of 15, which covers a wide range of situations.

  • Age 50/55/60 withdrawal
  • Withdrawal to reduce/redeem housing loan
  • Incapacitation withdrawal
  • Leaving country withdrawal
  • Education withdrawal
  • Pensionable Employees Withdrawal And Optional Retirement Withdrawal
  • Members’ Investment Scheme
  • Withdrawal to purchase/build a house
  • Withdrawal of savings of more than RM1 million
  • Housing loan monthly instalment withdrawal
  • Death withdrawal
  • Health withdrawal
  • Hajj withdrawal
  • Flexible housing withdrawal
  • PR1MA housing withdrawal

There sure is a lot of reasons the EPF allows you to withdraw, simply because the situations above regularly requires a large sum of money upfront. For most Malaysians, there are several types of EPF withdrawals to highlight.

  • Age 50/55/60 Withdrawal: This is the most common form of EPF withdrawal. When you reach a certain age, the EPF allows you to withdraw (partially or in full) the savings in Account 2. You have the option to withdraw EPF savings at age 50 or 55 (either partially or fully), or at age 60, when you can then withdraw any amount at any time.
  • EPF Withdrawals for Housing: When you reach a certain age, owning your own home will be high on your list of things to do. You can withdraw from your EPF to cover house down payments, principal repayments, and even building a house from scratch. You can also withdraw EPF for monthly home instalments. An important note: you cannot withdraw EPF funds for house renovation – it isn’t listed in the types of withdrawals.
  • EPF Withdrawals for Medical Payments and Equipment: Subject to the list of approved critical illnesses by the EPF board, you can make withdrawals to cover the cost of treatment and buying approved medical equipment not just for yourself but also close family members. While we cannot stress enough the importance of having a medical insurance policy, this should at least help if you do not.
  • EPF Withdrawal for Education Including PTPTN: Tertiary education is exceptionally expensive these days, and while PTPTN has done a good job of assisting those who need help with paying for tuition fees, it may be difficult to immediately repay your study loan in the years after you start working. With that in mind, the EPF allows you to withdraw your EPF savings to partially pay for your PTPTN loan. Of course, EPF’s education withdrawal is allowed for more than just PTPTN. Recognised institution tuition fees and other study loans are also allowed.
  • Withdrawals for Those Leaving the Country: If you are planning to migrate and renounce your citizenship, the EPF allows you to withdraw your entire EPF savings. The same applies to foreigners who have worked in Malaysia but are returning to their home country. Whilst the requirement to renounce citizenship is a big decision, if you have made it – more money is always good to have.

2. Procedures for Withdrawal Are No Longer Lengthy

Although the exact procedure for each withdrawal and the documents required may be different, withdrawal of your EPF money is no longer an arduous process of days spent in the EPF office.

Check their website to find out just what you need to prepare and pay close attention to the terms of each withdrawal. The reason some withdrawals become multi-part sagas is because people go in without first knowing what is required of them. In the dawn of the internet, most information is available to you just a click or two away.

In fact, with the EPF i-Akaun, you can even request for a withdrawal online via e-Pengeluaran. Otherwise, you can head to the nearest EPF office or send it in via post with the necessary documentation. You can also do so by post, but we recommend going to the counter to avoid postal complications with your sensitive data!

3. Web Forms Are Available for Select Withdrawals

For some of the most common withdrawals such as education and housing, you don’t even need to move from your computer. EPF has invested in the creation of web forms for your ease of use.

Check out the main page of listed forms and you’ll notice a bracketed indication of which withdrawal comes with a web form. It’s as simple as filling in the details online.

Once you’ve done that, EPF will credit the money within the stipulated 2 weeks.

4. There is a Time and Amount Cap on (Most) Early Withdrawals

Save for selected withdrawals that involve permanent, life changing events, such as the one for leaving the country for good, there is a cap to how much you can withdraw from EPF – and when.

For example, housing loan withdrawals are only allowed once a year and only from your Account 2 funds. This means that if you applied on, say, 16 April 2018, you cannot apply to withdraw again until 16 April 2019.

The amount is also limited to what you have in your Account 2 and subject to a minimum. These requirements may differ for each withdrawal so do check with EPF before taking the day off to head to the branch (yes, we speak from experience).

If you’re thinking of withdrawing, remember that EPF is important for your retirement and however much you can afford to leave in there will be helpful.

That said, it is also helpful to have a roof over your head in old age. If you’re now ready with withdrawal forms to buy the house of your dreams – you’ll need a good home loan to get you through. We’ve got a home loan calculator and home loan comparison list to find you the best one!

Have we missed anything? Let us know in the comments!


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Javed Ali Ali
3 years ago

I am pakistani and i am need my EPF .please answer me ….

Peng App
3 years ago

I am 55 years old, can I make multiple partial withdarwal from age 55 to 59? Let say my total EPF is 600k, plan to withdraw 100K in 2020, 200k in 2021 and 100k in 2022.

Sharon Soo
3 years ago

How do I secure an appointment to apply for dividend withdrawal over 12 months installment

AH Lum
3 years ago


3 years ago

Good afternoon. I am 55 years old and I would like to withdraw partial amount every six months. Is it possible.. I have bank account problem as someone has used my account and my account is blocked. Can I withdraw using my one of my children’s name. Tq

Md Azizy Taha
2 years ago

Nak guna dalam RM 2000 sekarang tapi umur cukup 55 pada 29 / 10 / 2020. Boleh bagi cadangan

Dr. MOlla Abdul Wahab
2 years ago

I worked in SABAH under ministry of health in a hospital for 6 month then left in 2003 but my my EPF was taken from my salary . Now can I withdraw my EPF if so how I get it?

Pang Tun Yau
2 years ago

EPF withdrawals, regardless of employer and duration of employment, follow the standard rules as described in the article.

1 year ago

If I were to keep the balance in my EPF account, is there a maximum number of days/year I can keep my EPF account after I renounced my Malaysian citizenship?

3 months ago
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You can hold for many years, my friend renounced many years ago and he just withdrawn recently

1 year ago

Can I withdraw my full amount of 350,000 via online? I am 70 years old.

1 year ago

I am age 53 jobless since 2018 , age 50 already withdraw my account 2 money . Now can I apply o with EPFO ?

8 months ago

I’m 38 now, can I withdraw my EPF now? Coz I’m jod less now already few months, I plan to other countries to work, but I have to get ready some budget for my self.

4 months ago

I have excess over RM1 million in EPF account 1 plus account 2. Can I made a request via i-akuan to withdraw any surplus over RM 1 million and how long it takes for the money to be bank into my bank account

1 month ago

I’m not sure what happened. it took two month to receive my bank draft for leaving country withdrawal as they call it. EPF deducted 6.5% from my EPF balance without explaining why. Even if they explained that its processing charges due to foreign currency exchange and bank charges, 6.5% is excessive. And they did not warn me in advance of any such prohibitive charges. I hope it’s an error.

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