PUTRAJAYA, Dec 24 – The Malaysian government was thanked to the Thai government for helping to facilitate the process of bringing back the the remains of the 13 Malaysian citizens who were killed in a road mishap in Chiang Mai from Chiang Rai Road in Tambon Pamieng of Doi Saked district on Sunday morning.
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, when expressing this on Wednesday, said the cooperation extended included those from the police and immigration departments as well as the more than 1.6 million baht compensation, or about RM200,000 to the victims’ next-of-kins.
On behalf of the Cabinet, he said he had offer his condolences to all the families of the victims and hope that they will not be traumatised by the incident. He told this to the reporters after receiving a courtesy call from Zambian vice-President Inonge Mutukwa Wina here, Wednesday.
On Sunday, 13 were killed when a bus with 22 Malaysian tourists skidded into a ravine after being involved in a collision with a pick-up at 11.30 am (12.30 pm Malaysian time) while heading to Chiang Mai from Chiang Rai. All the 13 bodies arrived at the Royal Malaysian Air Force Base in Subang, Selangor early on Wednesday morning before being taken by vans to Batu Pahat for burials.
Chiang Mai governor, Pawin Chamniprasarn on Monday said the Thai government agreed to pay a compensation of 1.6 million baht to the next-of-kins of the 13 victims while those injured received compensations of 50,000 baht each, or about RM6,000 for medical treatments. On the compensation, Ahmad Zahid, who is also Home Minister, said it was a sign of the concern of the Thai government and regarded it as a good gesture.