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Selangor Human Resource, Farming and Non-Muslim Affairs committee chairman J Arul Kumar (2nd-left) presents the mock cheque to S. Kanniamah (2nd-right) during the visit at Taman Desa Cempaka, Nilai. Looking on is Socso chief executive officer Datuk Seri Dr Mohammed Azman Aziz Mohammed (left).-NSTP/AMIN JALIL

NILAI: ‘I feel lost, because he was the head of the family and a source of inspiration to his children. But we have to accept the fact that he is gone,’ said S Kanniamah, 42, the widow of S Suresh, 43, who was killed in a bus crash at Jalan S8 Circular near MASkargo, Sepang, on April 7.

The mother of three children, age between nine and 12, said receiving the monthly pension from the Social Security Organization (Socso) could ease the burden.

Kanniamah, who works as a general worker at a biscuit factory in Bandar Baru Nilai, said her income of RM900 a month was insufficient to cover her family’s monthly commitment, especially her children who are still in school.

“I’m when Socso informed me that I was eligible for the Pension Benefit (FOT) pension. The payment could ease my burden.

“I am grateful to Socso for helping to manage this benefit as well as providing the assistance to handle the RM2,000 mortgage fee,” she said after receiving the Socso’s benefit cheque at her home in Taman Desa Cempaka here today.

The cheque was presented by Socso chief executive officer Datuk Seri Dr Mohammed Azman Aziz Mohammed.

Also present was the State Human Resource, Farming and Non-Muslim Affairs committee chairman J Arul Kumar.

Meanwhile, Dr Mohammed said the victim’s widow is eligible to receive 90 per cent of the FOT from the average salary.

“It will be a lifelong pension payment to the widow whilst the child is eligible to receive until the age of 21.

“Pensions payment arrangements are in final stage and the family will be informed about the matter as soon as possible,” he said.

On April 7, a total of 12 individuals, including four women, were killed after the bus they were travelling in plunged into a 10-m deep drain at Jalan S8 Circular near MASkargo here.

In the 11.10pm incident, eight passengers of foreign nationals and a local bus driver were confirmed dead at the scene.

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