SMG helps get insurance claim for late vendor’s family


Anandan (second from left) presenting the insurance claim cheque to Tee. Looking on are SMG circulation assistant manager D. Mohan (right) and association vice-president Yong Chu Wak at The Star’s Johor bureau.

JOHOR BARU: The family of a newspaper vendor who passed away while on the job, finally received the insurance claim for his death after a three-year wait.

Wong Keng Wai, a newspaper vendor for more than 30 years, died in a road accident in 2017, near Larkin here.

Johor Baru Newspaper Vendors’ Association president Tee Seng Howa said over the years, the association had tried a few times to file a death claim with the insurance company but their efforts were in vain.

At a loss over further action to take, he said they decided to seek help from Star Media Group (SMG) chairman Datuk Fu Ah Kiow.

“He agreed to help look into the matter.

“We are thankful to SMG and Fu for helping to get the insurance compensation for Wong who was a loyal member of the association,” said Tee, adding that he sought Fu’s help about three months ago.

Tee represented Wong’s widow, who only wanted to be known as Lian, to receive the compensation cheque from SMG senior manager (circulation_ T. Anandan here.

Lian said it was a relief for her family to finally get the payment.

Anandan said upon checking with the insurance company, he found that the claim was delayed due to technical issues.

“SMG values the contribution of all newspaper vendors and will go the extra mile to help them.

“Rain or shine, our vendors are always there to ensure a successful and smooth last-mile delivery.

“We hope this insurance sum will provide some comfort to Wong’s family,” he said.

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