By Peter Sibon
KUCHING, Nov 8: The Federal government will channel the salary of the missing army personnel, Cpl David Edmund Rapi, to his wife after a panel of investigation was completed on Oct 23.
Deputy Minister of Defence, Senator Liew Chin Tong, in the case of David and another missing soldier, Lt Cpl Moses Logers, it would usually take seven years to declare them as dead.
“In the case of Cpl David Edmund Rapi, the government will channel his salary to his wife, who is taking care of their three children.
“While in the case of Lt Cpl Moses Logers, since he is still a bachelor and have no more parents, his salary has been terminated,” Liew told the Dewan Rakyat yesterday.
He was responding to Serian MP Datuk Seri Richard Riot Jaem, who asked on the kind of assistance to the families of these two missing soldiers.
Moses, 25, and David, 39, were reported missing while stationed in Pulau Perak, Kedah, for “Ops Pejarak”. Their absence was noticed during a roll call on the night of July 19.
On July 29, Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu said the search for the two men was suspended, as there were no leads. — DayakDaily