Socso will adopt the children of parents who died in the Matang car accident

Fazzrudin (second from left) passes the Socso payment to Saundi (right) as Philip (left) and the children look on. – Photo by Chimon Upon

KUCHING (July 7): The Social Security Organization (Socso) will adopt the children of the late Abdul Wahap Yusuf and Sulyani Gimo who perished in a car accident in Matang here last May.

Socso Sarawak manager Phillip Sangkan said during a visit to their home in Jalan Matang here today.

According to Philip, the two children would be adopted under the organisation’s “Prihatin Keluarga Angkat (Protrek) Programme”.

Children of the deceased are also eligible to receive Socso Dependent Retirement Pension (FOT) applications, as both of their parents were active Socso contributors during their lifetime.

Under the FOT, children are entitled to receive a one-time funeral management benefit of RM4,000 (RM2,000 per deceased) and a monthly pension of RM1,317 until they are all both reached the age of 21.

Fazzrudin Abdul Abdul Rahman, Chief Political Secretary to the Prime Minister of Sarawak and Tupong Assembly Member, was accompanied by Philip, who handed over the first payment to the children’s uncle, 60-year-old Saundi Gino, who also acts as a tutor.

“Through this program, we will ensure that they receive all assistance for various needs, prioritizing their education,” Philip said.

He added that children might also be eligible to receive Socso’s student loan scheme in the form of a scholarship.

On another note, Fazzrudin said contributing to Socso has many benefits that can prove beneficial during unexpected events such as accidents.

“Thanks to the Socso programme, the self-employed can now also contribute to Socso.

“I strongly advise those who have not yet contributed to do so in order to reap the benefits as it can serve as a safety net or insurance cover for their families,” he added.

Meanwhile, 43-year-old Safri Yusop, who is the brother of the children’s father, expressed his thanks to everyone who was ready to lend a hand and support through these difficult times.

“Alhamdullilah, the monthly financial aid from Sosco will be of great help to my late brother’s children.

“In terms of upbringing, everything seems to be going well for both of them. However, the younger brother hasn’t been feeling well lately, which I think is probably due to some latent feelings he’s been harboring ever since. this day,” he said.

Currently, the two children live with Safri and Saundi in their residence in Jalan Matang.

Abdul Wahap and Sulyani were victims of a car accident at Jalan FAC Matang on May 12.

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