After EPF’s Gaffe, Shopee Cheekily Advertises Fingerprint Readers

Affordable portable fingerprint readers are sold on Shopee.

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 23 — Shopee Malaysia today advertised portable fingerprint readers after a bedridden cancer patient was taken on a stretcher to an Employees Provident Fund (EPF) office.

The online shopping platform’s cheeky Facebook post said it sold portable fingerprint readers at affordable prices.

“With these devices that can be taken anywhere, customers who are unable to physically visit offices do not have to be brought by stretchers to carry out their business,” Shopee said.

“At Shopee, prices are affordable — no need to withdraw your funds.”

EPF apologised yesterday after a woman complained about having to bring her sister, a bedridden cancer patient, via ambulance to the retirement fund’s Johor Baru office, who had to be carried on a stretcher to the counter.

Nur Shahaila Abdullah claimed that an EPF officer previously informed her that EPF could not visit her sister’s home to get a fingerprint for the cancer patient to withdraw funds from her account because withdrawals could only be done with the EPF office’s machine.

But upon arriving at the EPF office, they were told that fingerprints could actually be taken manually.

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