RM5 mln given as compassionate aid

Fatimah Abdullah, Photo: Ummi Munirah

KUCHING: The state government has channelled a total of RM5.058 million for 1,686 approved Death Compassionate Assistance (BIK) applications thus far, revealed Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Minister Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah.

She said a total of 2,224 applications for BIK have been received thus far, comprising 1,983 applications from last year and another 241 applications this year as of Friday (Jan 22).

“BIK claims must be submitted within three months after the death of the KGC cardholder,” she said at a press conference at the Baitul Makmur II Building here on Friday (Jan 22).

To claim BIK, she said the next-of-kin of the cardholder had to fill a form and provide a death certificate or indicator of death for the deceased cardholder.

“If there are anomalies, they will be brought to the special committee who will further discuss with them,” she said.

Fatimah said the RM3,000 BIK, which is provided to the next-of-kin of Kenyalang Gold Card (KGC) holders, was an initiative of the state government to help ease the family’s burden with regard to transporting the body as well as burial costs.

She emphasised that this was aimed at individuals who did not already receive funeral management assistance through corporate bodies or pensioners’ schemes.