The next-of-kin of 15 crew members and 12 of 28 Malaysian passengers onboard Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight MH17 are eligible for monthly payment starting RM475, based on salary scale under a Social Security Organisation (Socso) scheme.

Human Resources Minister Datuk Richard Riot Jaem said all crew members were eligible for payment under the Employment Injury Scheme as they were on duty in the aircraft.

“Meanwhile the 12 passengers contribute to Socso and are eligible for either the Employment Injury Scheme if they were in the plane for work matters, or the Invalidity Pension Scheme if they were onboard for non-work matters,” he told a news conference at the KL International Airport (KLIA) here Monday.

Under the Employment Injury Scheme, if a victim earned RM3,000 and above per month they were eligible for payment up to RM2,750 and if their salary was below RM3,000 the minimum daily rate was RM30 based on salary scale, he said.

He said the next-of kin and dependants of a victim could get 50 to 65 per cent of their monthly salary under the Invalidity Pension Scheme, with a minimum payment of RM475.

Riot said two passengers identified as eligible for monthly payment were Ariza Ghazalee, who worked for the Bintulu Development Authority, and Meling Mula, who was employed by an oil and gas company based in Kuala Lumpur but was stationed in Venuezula.

“It is hoped that the next-of-kin of 10 other passengers who contributed to Socso can contact MAS so that Socso can do what they need.

“This is because there are thousands of names similar to that of the victims and can only be confirmed through identification card number,” he said.

He said payment would be made immediately after all matters were settled, while next-of-kin and dependants could also obtain RM1,500 in funeral benefit.

The MAS flight, MH17, was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it went down in Ukraine last Thursday. It was carrying 298 people – 283 passengers and 15 crew.

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