IPOH: The state government has started a collection drive for the country's security personnel who were killed and injured in the shoot-out in Lahad Datu, Sabah.
The money collected will be channelled towards the Media Prima Berhad'S (MPB) Tabung Wira Lahad Datu.
Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir said the state government was also looking at other ways to help the families of those killed.
"We are looking at other possible methods to help families of the eight policemen killed in the stand-off," he said after chairing the weekly state executive council meeting here yesterday.
Zambry said the state government truly appreciated the sacrifices made by the security personnel and their families for the country.
MPB had set up the fund to help security personnel killed and injured in the shoot-out between security forces and intruders from Sulu.
Media Prima's executive director (news and editorial operations) Datuk Ahmad A. Talib said the fund was intended to help the families of the deceased and those injured.
Contributions can be made to Sistem Televisyen Malaysia Bhd's Maybank account at 514271339000.
Meanwhile, Estin Wira Sdn Bhd executive chairman, Datuk Dr Ramzi Mohd Zubir said that 10 per cent of profits collected from all their 20 outlets would be channeled towards the fund.
In Kota Kinabalu, the Sabah government is giving out RM100,000 cash to each family of security personnel killed in the operation.
Announcing the contribution after chairing the state cabinet meeting yesterday, Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman said the state government would also donate RM50,000 to the family of security personnel who were seriously injured.