Families of victims can get Socso benefits

PETALING JAYA: Six families of the plane crash victims are eligible to receive benefits as per the Employees’ Social Security Act 1969 (Act 4), Human Resources Minister V. Sivakumar said.

Through the schemes provided in the Act, he said the families will receive the Funeral Management Benefit (FPM) payment of up to RM2,000 and periodic survivor’s pension benefit payments.

“So far, I have been informed that Social Security Organisation (Socso) has made FPM payments to three of the victims’ families who provided preliminary information.

“The remaining families of the victims have not been able to provide preliminary information because they are not ready.

“As such, Socso officers from the relevant offices have been instructed to extend the necessary help to the next of kin at their respective localities,” he said yesterday in a statement.

Sivakumar again reiterated the benefits of Socso contributions, especially for the surviving families when tragedies strike.

This was because as the saying goes “Life is unpredictable”, thus he hoped the benefits from Socso can help ease some of the burden of the next of kin.

Sivakumar also extended his condolences to all the victims and their families of the plane crash.

“Immediately upon receiving the sad news of this incident, I instructed Socso to take proactive action to check the eligibility status of all 10 victims.

“Officers from the Selangor office managed to obtain information on the victims and their next of kin from the Forensic Department, Hospital Tengku Ampuan Rahimah (HTAR) in Klang,” he added.

On Thursday, 10 people, including eight people on board a light aircraft, were killed after the plane crashed near the Elmina township in Selangor. An ehailing driver and food delivery rider on the road were among those killed.

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