RM83mil in state Socso payouts

Tong (right) handing over a mock cheque to Halimah. With them are KPJ Pasir Gudang operations manager Amin Othman (second from right) and Halimah’s daughter Siti Asmah.

As of October this year, Johor Social Security Organisation (Socso) has given out payments totalling RM83mil involving 21,193 cases.

Johor Socso director Tong Sing Chuan said of this number, some 1,542 cases involved accidents at the workplace and that these payouts totalled RM4.3mil.

“This includes about RM621,000 given to some 176 workplace deaths, ” he said after giving out aid to the beneficiaries of an insured employee who was killed in a road accident.

Sufian Mohd Shah, 29, a surgical theatre assistant in KPJ Pasir Gudang Specialist Hospital here, was on his way home from work on his motorcycle when he met with a fatal accident along Jalan Mesjid on Nov 11.

His beneficiaries are his mother Halimah Abu Bakar, 51, and younger sister Siti Rahimah Mohd Shah, 19.

Sufian, the eldest of 11 siblings, was the family’s breadwinner. His father died 19 years ago.

His mother, Halimah, said Sufian was hardworking and a filial son.

“He was a very responsible worker. He even rented a house in Seri Alam to ensure that he reached work on time.

Halimah added that she was grateful for the swift handout of aid by Socso.

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