Government contacts families of helicopter crash victims

Kuching: The Sarawak government has come forward to support the family of Joanna Felicia Rona, a naval officer who died in a recent helicopter crash in Lumut, Perak.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg said the state government had provided her family with financial aid of RM10,000.

He also said the state would pay for Joanna’s two children’s education from elementary school to university.

“Both Joanna’s children will be registered with the Sarawak Foundation.

“My eldest child is still in kindergarten, but Sarawak Foundation will pay for her education if she goes to primary school, secondary school or university.

“The Sarawak Foundation will bear the expenses of the children, who are currently aged one and four,” he said after visiting the late Joanna’s family in Tebakan, Serian on Sunday, April 28.

Abang Johari added that he had told his family and the children’s father Hasri Ali to register on the Sarawak Foundation’s database.

“Once their names are on the register, we will work with them until they enroll at the tertiary level, and hopefully their children will be able to go on to university and perhaps then join the Navy.

“I feel like Joanna’s kids have a fighting spirit because their mom and dad are both in the Navy,” he says.

Earlier, Abang Johari said he heard about a helicopter crash that claimed the lives of 10 naval personnel while on a business trip abroad.

“We have lost a woman with a fighting spirit. On behalf of the Sarawak government, we (Hasley) sympathize with the father who lost his wife, the father who lost his daughter, and the two children who lost their mother. “I will.”

Also present during the visit were Serian MP Datuk Seri Richard Riot, Kedup MP Datuk Martin Beng, Bukit Semuja MP John Irus and Tebedu MP Dr Simon Sinan.

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