Monday, September 15, 2008

Fund for victims of wildlife attacks

NST Online
RM20,000 for attack victims

A fund for victims of wildlife attacks was set up last year

KUANTAN: If you were attacked by a wild animal, you can get compensation from the Welfare Department.

Victims or their family members can claim up to RM20,000 if they were confirmed to have been attacked by wild animals, including a tiger, panther, elephant, python, crocodile, bear or gaur.

State Wildlife and National Parks Department (Perhilitan) director Saharudin Anan said those attacked should lodge a report with the department and fill in a form provided by the Welfare Department.

With the endorsement from Perhilitan and the hospital, he said a victim would be compensated based on the injuries.

"The maximum payment of RM20,000 will only be paid if the victim died or sufferred permanent disability after the attack."

Saharudin said the fund was set up last year, but no one had applied for it in Pahang.

He said a 49-year-old man, who was attacked by a panther in Kampung Panching near here on Sept 7, was eligible for the compensation. Saharudin said Perhilitan was still investigating the case.

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