Families of seven Elmina crash victims qualify for Perkeso benefits, says minister

KUALA LUMPUR: The families of seven victims of the aircraft crash at the Guthrie Highway near Bandar Elmina, Shah Alam qualify to receive Social Security Organisation (Perkeso) benefits, says Human Resources Minister V. Sivakumar.

He added that he had instructed Perkeso to take proactive measures by checking the qualifying status of the 10 victims involved in the crash under the provision of Perkeso coverage immediately after receiving news of the tragedy.

Sivakumar said that checks show that the families of six victims qualify under the Employees’ Social Security Act 1969 (Act 4), while another qualified under two provisions; one under Act 4 and another under the Self-Employment Social Security Act 2017.

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"Under the schemes provided through the Acts, the beneficiaries qualify to receive death benefits of up to RM2,000 and Survivors’ Pension payments,” he said in a statement on Saturday (Aug 19) night.

Perkeso has also made death benefit payments to the families of three victims who provided initial information while the payments to the families of the remaining four victims are pending.

Therefore, he urged Perkeso staff in offices in the localities of the families to be prepared to provide the necessary aid. - Bernama

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