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PM, Wife Donate RM10,000 To Each Family Of Genting Sempah Bus Crash Victims | 06/11/2010
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BALING, Nov 6 2010 (Bernama) -- Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor donated RM10,000 to each family of seven members of the Kampung Baru, Siong 4B Youth movement who were killed in the bus crash in Genting Sempah, near Karak, recently.

Najib and Rosmah's personal contributions were channelled through Yayasan Kebajikan Rakyat Baling (YKRB) and handed over by Baling Umno division chief Datuk Abd Azeez Abd Rahim to the respective families at the Kampung Baru surau, here Saturday.

The air at the cheque presentation ceremony was filled with sadness, with some of the beneficiaries unable to hold back their tears.

Abd Azeez in his speech said the personal contributions of the prime minister and his wife were a mark of sympathy for the families who lost a child or a spouse in the tragic accident.

Speaking to reporters after that, Abd Azeez said: "Anyone in Baling who wishes to organise an excursion should get insurance coverage for the passengers and not to use a bus which is in doubtful condition for the trip.

"Don't be afraid to reject such a bus offered by any bus company as the safety of everyone on the bus is paramount."

In the crash on Oct 29, seven of the 44 passengers on the trip back from Genting Highlands were killed, two were seriously injured including one whose both legs had to be amputated, while several others were also injured.

Abd Azeez said each of the seven families agreed to cut RM2,500 from the RM10,000 received to hire people to perform the Haj for the deceased victims this Haj season, and he would be arranging it with the Haj management in Mecca.

Meanwhile, Hussain Hamid, 60, father of Mohd Ridzuan, 17, one of the seven killed in the bus crash, said his family was deeply touched by the prime minister and his wife's personal contributions.

"I did not expect the prime minister and his wife to be so concerned about our loss, and we pray for his (Najib) fast recovery from chicken pox," he said.

Abdul Mustafa Ibrahim, 60, father of the late Mohd Fahmi, 17, also felt the same about the prime minister and his wife's kindness and sympathy.

"My family will be eternally grateful for their contribution," he said.

Zaharani Ibrahim, 38, the mother of Mohd Firdaus Rosedi, 16, who was also killed in the crash, was in tears after receiving the cheque.

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