Family of late sape player to receive RM2,000

Phillip (left) hands over a cheque to the father of the late Saufi as Abdul Karim looks on.

KUCHING: The family of the late professional sape player Saufi Aiman Yahya, who passed away on June 10 this year, will receive payment of Funeral Management Benefit amounting to RM2,000.

The state Social Security Organisation (Socso) director Phillip Sangkan said his family will receive subsequent payment of monthly pension benefits for life.

The presentation of the Funeral Management Benefits to his family was presented by Phillip himself and witnessed by Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah in his office at Bangunan Baitulmakmur II here. 

“Based on the investigation, it is found that the deceased had contributed to the Self-Employment Social Security Scheme as a Self-Employed Insured Person, commencing on June 2 under the Arts Sector.

“Contributions paid under the scheme are still within the coverage period and thus, this entitles the family to receive Dependent Benefits under the Occupational Disaster Scheme, Employees Social Security Act 1969.

“In addition to this, the deceased was still single on the date of his death,” he added.

The news of Saufi’s passing had shocked the entertainment industry, especially in Sarawak, when he was found unconscious.

He was pronounced dead at 8pm at the Sape Kuching Children’s Art Association office where the police classified his death as sudden death.