KOTA BARU: Bakti and the Permata Global Children’s Well-being Fund have presented donations totalling RM62,000 to the families of the seven pupils who went missing in Pos Tohoi recently.
Each family of the two pupils who were found safe received RM6,000, while five families were given RM10,000 each.
The donations were handed over by Bakti president and the Prime Minister’s wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, who is also Permata executive committee chairman, at the Raja Perempuan Zainab II Hospital here yesterday.
Rosmah also spent 30 minutes with the two survivors – Miksudiar Aluj, 11, and Norieen Yaakob, 10. Also present were the Association of Wives of Kelantan Barisan Nasional Elected Representatives and Government Officers president Datin Seri Khamarzan Ahmad Meah, Kelatan/Terengganu Orang Asli Development Department director Nik Man Nik Ya and Kelantan Health Department director Datuk Ahmad Razin Ahmad Mahir.
The seven orang asli pupils from SK Tohoi, Gua Musang, reportedly left the school hostel on Aug 23 for fear of punishment after going for a swim in a river without permission.
Another version quoted the parents as saying that the children were heading home after mistakenly believing that their older siblings, who had swum in the river, had gone home to escape punishment.
Only Miksudiar and Norieen were found safe, while Sasa Sobrie, eight, and Ika Ayel, nine, were confirmed dead.
Three others, Linda Rosli, eight, Haikal Yaakob, eight, and Juvina David, seven, are still unaccounted for. — Bernama