Ministry looks into fund for firemen’s next-of-kin

The government is studying a proposal to set up a fund to help firemen’s next of kin.

KUALA LUMPUR: The housing and local government ministry will look into the proposal to set up a financial aid fund to help families of Fire and Rescue Department personnel who died while on duty.

Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin, said the proposal could be considered as an effort to recognise and appreciate the contributions of the personnel who serve the agency.

“It is an idea that we can look into and find the appropriate mechanism to assist families of dead firefighters while on duty and so on,” she said after handing over a contribution to a fireman’s widow Zetay Akhtar Muhamad.

Her husband, Baharudin Sapuan, died in a crash on the North-South Expressway in Melaka while on a training run of the Rapid Intervention Motorcycle unit of Jalan Hang Tuah Fire and Rescue Station in Kuala Lumpur.

His high-powered motorcycle skidded and crashed near Alor Gajah, Melaka on June 7.

In another development, Zuraida said schools could seek assistance from the department for sanitising school premises when classes resume for students sitting for exams.

The reopening of certain classes in 2,440 schools nationwide will start from June 24, involving students sitting for public examinations, namely Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM), Sijil Vokasional Malaysia (SVM), Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan (STPM) and Sijil Tinggi Agama Malaysia (STAM) as well as equivalent international examinations.

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