KUALA LUMPUR: The Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Ministry will be giving cash aid to victims of the recent tanker explosion in Labuan.
Its minister, Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin, said RM500 would go to the survivors and RM1,000 to families of the victims.
In the Thursday incident, a crewman died while four others went missing after the MT Bunga Alpina, owned by the Malaysian International Shipping Corporation, caught fire and exploded.
The bodies of the the three victims were found yesterday and on Friday, while the search for the fifth victim is still ongoing.
Raja Nong Chik, who was in Labuan on Friday to break fast and sahur with the local community there, said he could not visit the victims because of the ongoing investigation into the cause of the explosion.
"All we know is the cause of the explosion is being investigated by all the relevant agencies," he said after officiating the Kondo Rakyat Desa Pantai's bubur lambuk programme.
Raja Nong Chik said the authorities should look into setting up a fire and rescue department near the oil and gas installations.
"The government plans to turn Labuan into an international oil and gas hub so we must take the necessary precautions."