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Family Of Chinese Tourists In Catamaran Tragedy Plan Lawsuit

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KOTA KINABALU – Families of the 28 China tourists involved in the Jan 28 catamaran tragedy off Pulau Mengalum are planning to seek compensation from the tour operators.

China’s Consul-General in Sabah, Chen Peijie said the families had engaged lawyers here to file for petitions claiming for compensation before they went back to China.

“I was made to understand that their lawyers are preparing the petitions regardless of whether the victims are alive, still missing or died in the tragedy,” she said.

She said the consulate would keep close tabs on the process of filing the petitions and was willing to provide the necessary assistance to the 28 families.

The incident claimed the lives of four Chinese tourists while five including a local crewman are still missing.

Those who were rescued were warded at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital for about a week and had received treatment for various injuries as well as trauma.

The Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) are still conducting searches for the remaining victims, with operations entering 71st day on April 8.

MMEA regional director for Sabah and Labuan First Admiral Mohd Zubil Mat Som said the search operations would continue until they get a directive from the central leadership to stop. – The Star Online

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