Johor giving RM2,000-RM5,000 to HSA fire victims

khaledJOHOR BAHRU: The Johor Government has decided to give compensation to the next of kin and victims of the fire at the Hospital Sultanah Aminah (HSA) yesterday, said Menteri Besar Mohamed Khaled Nordin.

He said the agreement was reached at the meeting of the state executive council today.

“We decided that for every victim who died, the next of kin will receive a compensation of RM2,000, while victims who were severely injured will receive RM5,000 and those who were slightly injured will receive RM3,000,” he told reporters after officiating the “Unit Swadaya Insan Negeri Johor” here today.

For the burial ceremony, the menteri besar had asked the State Exco for Solidarity and Human Resources R Vidyananthan to look at the cost implications to the families of the victims to enable state government aid.

“This represents the Johor Government’s contribution to them.”

Meanwhile, Khaled also hoped that the Health Ministry would provide an emergency plan so that such incidents do not recur.

In the incident about 9am yesterday, six patients died when the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) on the second floor of the five-storey HSA building caught fire. Another patient was rescued.

Three hospital staff were injured and are now being treated at the Hospital Sultan Ismail.