PETALING JAYA: The Government is not planning to increase the mandatory retirement age from 60 to 65, clarified Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim (pix).

In a statement Saturday, Rohani refuted media reports saying that the Government was planning to raise the retirement age.

“The Government is always open to receiving appropriate suggestions and views on the retirement age from all parties.

“It has to be refined because it involves various agencies and a complete policy change.

“Extensive research needs to be carried out because the mandatory retirement age was only just increased to 60 in July 2013,” she said.

It was reported that although the Government had received suggestions to raise the retirement age to 65, it had to study the viability of the move.

Rohani explained that the current “support structure”, which includes departments such as the Employees Provident Fund (EPF), has only started adjusting the retirement age to 60.

She said any suggestions to raise the retirement age would not depend on the decision of her ministry alone, but also other agencies such as the Public Service Department (JPA).

“We won’t (increase the retirement age) at the moment. We have to first assess the current retirement age.

“We have to remember, if we keep on raising the retirement age, those who are supposed to be promoted will also be affected,” Rohani said.

She also said the Government is making efforts to cater to the needs of senior citizens who still want to work after the age of 60.

According to Rohani, the group prefers a job with flexible hours.