KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 21, 2015:

[UPDATED] Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has instructed for a Malaysian C-130 Hercules aircraft to be flown to Thailand to bring home the remains of the 13 Malaysians who were killed in the Chiang Mai bus crash

He said this in a posting on his official Twitter account @NajibRazak, after Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi earlier informed that the Prime Minister had instructed for a courtesy flight to be arranged to bring home the remains.

Also in a Twitter posting, Ahmad Zahid had said arrangements were currently being made with Wisma Putra, the Ministry of Defence as well as the Malaysian Embassy in Bangkok.

In the tragedy which took place yesterday afternoon, 22 Malaysians, all from Batu Pahat, were on board a bus heading to Chiang Mai from Chiang Rai, Thailand.

The bus was reported to have crashed into another vehicle before hitting a power pole and plunging into a ravine.

Thirteen Malaysians were killed, as well as a Thai tour guide. Nine Malaysians were injured with four of them in critical condition.

Meanwhile, The Star Online reported that the Thai government would compensate the families of the deceased and those injured in the accident.

Quoting a Thai senior official in Chiang Mai, it was said that the government’s insurance office would pay the next of kin of each of the deceased a sum of THB1.6 million.

Those injured would receive up to THB600,000.

However if they were to sustain permanent disabilities, the official said they would receive the same amount of money as the next of kin of those who passed away in the crash.

Apart from that, The Star Online reported that the post-mortems would be performed at the Maharaj Nakhorn Chiang Mai Hospital.

Another official was quoted as having said they were working hard to ensure the families can take the bodies home by tomorrow or Wednesday.

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