Family of deceased angler get Socso benefit

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KUCHING: The family of late assistant skipper Awang Omar Awang Hamsawi, who went missing after his boat sank in waters, received their benefits from the Social Security Organisation (Socso).

Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said he witnessed the presentation of the funeral management cheque from Sosco to the deceased’s family.

“I had the opportunity to witness the handing over of a Funeral Management Benefit check amounting to RM2,000 to the family of the late Awang Omar by Socso at my office yesterday,” he said in a Facebook post on Friday (Oct 15).

He said, according to Sarawak Socso, the late Awang Omar had contributed to the organisation and was an ‘insured person’.

The Asajaya assemblyman added that the Socso Prihatin Squad has contacted the next-of-kin of the angler.

“On Oct 12, the case was received and registered under the Penakat Pension Beneficiary and is eligible to receive monthly benefit payments,” he said.

The late Awang Omar was among the ten anglers whose boat sank two nautical miles off Pulau Satang on Oct 2.

The other nine anglers were found safe, rescued by fishermen near Pulau Satang Besar on Oct 3 while the remains of the assistant skipper were recovered on Oct 6.

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