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Fishermen who saved 20 from boat mishap get RM2,000

KUALA LUMPUR: The seven fishermen who saved 20 survivors of the recent catamaran mishap in Sabah received a total of RM2,000 from the Malaysia China Welfare Advisory Society yesterday.

“They are good role models for the fishing industry,” its president Datuk Donald Lim said at a press conference in Wisma MCA.

He said the money was handed over to the owner of the fishing boat, Chia Pu Yap, so that he could distribute it to his Indonesian crew.

The society has also appointed two lawyers to provide legal aid to the families of the victims, Lim said.

He said the society was working closely with the China Embassy in Malaysia to provide support to the affected families.

The families can call 1-800-58-9958 (toll free) or 03-2203 3888 for the society’s general secretary Huang Bin, a Chinese national.

Headquartered at Wisma MCA, the society was set up last year for Chinese tourists, businessmen, students or any Chinese nationals who are in need of assistance while in Malaysia.

On Jan 28, a catamaran carrying 28 China tourists and three crew members sank en route to Pulau Mengalum off the coast of Kota Kinabalu.

Three of the tourists, including a woman, died while five Chinese nationals and one crew member are still missing.