Widow of RMAF shooting victim gets assistance

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KUCHING: The widow of the late Corporal Sharif Mohd Siddiq Al-Attas Wan Sabli, who died in a shooting incident at the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) camp here recently, has received much-needed support and assistance from the Social Welfare Department (JKMS). 

Aid in the form of cash, food as well as baby diapers and baby milk was handed over to Shima Mustapha, 29, during Sarawak Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Minister Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah’s visit to Bau on Friday (Aug 20).

Fatimah said among the financial aid given was the Tabung Bantuan Segara (Immediate Assistance Fund)— a one-off sum of RM300 — and a monthly sum of RM600 for her children, starting September.

“Besides that, the post-natal care assistance of RM450 as well as the RM1,000 Endowment Fund Sarawak will be arranged for Shima and her two-month-old baby.”

Fatimah with Noriah (third from left) during the handover of aid to Shima (left) at her Kampung Siniawan Baru home on Friday. Also seen are Shima’s mother-in-law Rogayah Hasan and Rogayah’s grandchild Sharifah Syafa Shahirah. Photo: Ghazali Bujang

Fatimah said it was also important for Shima to receive emotional support through counselling.

“We want to ensure that Shima does not feel alone as she goes through this difficult time.

“There are counsellors and psychologists available at JKMS and also counsellors from the RMAF who can provide counselling whenever needed,” she said.

On behalf of her ministry, Fatimah also extended her condolences to Shima, her family and the late Cpl Sharif’s family.

“We also pray that Shima’s children will grow up to be healthy, have a good education and be able to contribute to the wellbeing of their mother and family as well as the community.”

Meanwhile, RMAF Kuching base commander Colonel Mohd Azwan Mohd Pohari also handed over financial assistance to Shima.

Also present was JKMS director Noriah Ahmad.

Fatimah handing over aid to Shima at the latter’s Kampung Siniawan Baru home on Friday. Photo: Ghazali Bujang

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