Widow of drowned S.A.R. diver gets $7,000 compensation

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MALAYSIA — Teacher Matziyah Mohd Ladar, 39, of Kangar, Perlis, today received RM25,603 (about US$7,060) in compensation following the drowning of her husband, Aladi Hasan, during a search-and-rescue operation (SAR) in the Kenyir Lake on June 16.

A cheque for the amount was presented to her by Fire & Rescue Department deputy director-general Datuk Wan Mohd Nor Ibrahim here.

The department had also presented an immediate donation of RM10,000 to the family earlier.

Wan Mohd Nor said the department strived to ensure that its personnel adhered to all international procedures to avoid risks in any SAR operation.

“We will not compromise on this issue. We follow the international standards,” he told reporters.

He said Aladi’s case, however, was clearly an accident.

Aladi, 41, a diver with the Terengganu Fire & Rescue Department diving squad, drowned in the operation to find a missing researcher in the lake.

He is survived Matziyah and their three children.

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