Police warn against making false claims on Belaga boat tragedy


  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 04 Jun 2013

BELAGA: Police are on the lookout for unscrupulous individuals claiming the survivors of the boat tragedy here to collect compensation and aid money from donors, government agencies and political parties, said Belaga Police Chief DSP Bakar Sebau.

He said that he had received two more reports relayed from Kapit police station on Monday afternoon of locals claiming that they had lost all traveling documents as they were among the survivors of that ill-fated overloaded express boat.

Sebau gave a stern warning to those who intend to make false report that they can be persecuted by the law.

“The police are investigating on latest reports made by two locals that they were among the survivors on the ill-fated Kawan Mas, which had capsized on May 28.

“We had to verify the reports first before classifying them as additional victims, which currently stood at 205 survivors, two remained missing and one died in the tragedy,” he said

He also withheld the identity of the two individuals until they can authenticate the genuineness of their claim.

"We have approached two timber companies both whom had agreed to assist. So today we are going down to see the routes for the tractor and to check whether the bridges on track still can be used or it need to be repair," said Sebau.

Sebau also do not ruled out on the possibility that more bodies may be found once the boat is hoisted up because currently they had no way to find out whether there were foreign workers and lone travelers among those boarding the ill fated boat unless their family members or employers made a police report.

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