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Kuala Lumpur, 9 February 2022 
  • Allianz General, Bomba talk home safety with Tawau residents 
  • Home fires are a contentious issue for residents in Tawau, with the latest being two separate fire incidents in Kampung Sungai Buaya in Tawau and in Kunak, earlier this year.
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  • To address the importance of insurance, and types of coverage for homes and as well the process of making a fire report, Allianz Malaysia Berhad (Allianz Malaysia) together with the Fire and Rescue Department of Malaysia (Bomba) held the Macam mana bha mau jaga rumah? Media Forum in a bid to reach out to residents in the southeast coast city about home safety. 
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  • Allianz Malaysia Chief Executive Officer, Sean Wang, said: “As insurers, we feel it is crucial to go out there and engage with our communities to empower our communities with pertinent knowledge of how insurance works and a better understanding of how it can benefit them. Our goal is for the residents of Tawau to have a better understanding of how they can protect their home and their loved ones.”
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  • Understanding your insurance needs
  • A home, regardless of its size, shape, and build is the biggest asset you own and deserves adequate protection. 
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  • When insuring a home, a homeowner or tenant should consider an insurance cover that reflects the value of the house to avoid over or underinsuring the house, as well as the contents of the home, as the bank insures the building structure, not the items in your home.
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  • Smart Home Cover by Allianz General offers comprehensive protection that includes cover for HouseOwner (covers residential building against damage), HouseHolder (covers household contents and personal effects), Mortgage Loan Installment Protection, Home-Fix, and Landlord Insurance. 
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  • Besides that, Allianz General also offers Allianz KampungKu which provides basic protection for kampung homes and household contents against fire, flood, and windstorm risks with an RM10,000 sum insured and RM1,000 for flood for a premium of only RM75 annually. 
  • Allianz General also offers Allianz PerlindunganKu, which provides all-year-round protection for accidents and illnesses from only RM50 per year. What’s more, under the Perlindungan Tenang Voucher Programme, eligible Bantuan Prihatin Rakyat (BPR) recipients can redeem their RM75 voucher towards purchasing affordable insurance such as Allianz PerlindunganKu at no additional cost!
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  • Tawau residents share their experience
  • During the forum, Tawau residents, Mohd Yusree Yahya (Kampung Titingan), Irwan Tajari (Tanjung Batu Keramat), and Nurhayati Mustafa (Kampung Kinabutan Bukit) also shared their experience with fire incidents.
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  • “The fire happened at Kampung Otentik, Tanjung Batu Keramat in 2019, involved 67 homes; 54 homes were razed to the ground while 13 other homes were partially burnt. When the fire first started, the Bomba was quick to the scene, however low water pressure hampered their efforts,” said Irwan.
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  • “Previously the homes were so close to one another that you could jump from one roof to another easily. After the fire, together with the Tawau Municipal Council, the houses were reconstructed in accordance with regulations, built at designated locations. Each home was also properly distanced from each other,” added Irwan.
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  • Bomba: Awareness on fire prevention is crucial
  • According to Bomba, there were total 311 fire incidents involving homes, shop lots, vehicles, and even lalang, in Tawau in 2019, but these incidents have seen a decline in 2020 (165 cases) and 2021 (162 cases). Furthermore, there were 58 reported cases of structural fires, compared to 33 cases in 2020 and 34 cases in 2021, while fire cases involving rumah setinggan (squatter homes) also dropped from four cases in 2019, zero cases in 2020 and two cases in 2021. 
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  • PKPgB Zulbada Alior, Senior Superintendent of Fire, Bomba, State of Sabah, Tawau Zone, revealed that putting out a fire within the first five minutes is crucial in preventing serious fire-related calamities. Once on the scene, Bomba’s priority is to ensure that there is no further danger to lives and damage to assets and properties involved.
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  • “There are many contributing factors when it comes to fires. Negligence, not having a fire extinguisher, not knowing how to use one and the general lack of awareness of fireproofing one’s home such as not leaving the stove unattended are some examples. So, we must proactive and make conscious efforts to minimise the probability of a fire,” said PKPgB Zulbada.
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  • In an event of a home fire, the rightful claimers for fire insurance would be the victims, house owners, or house tenants. To facilitate an insurance claim, the claimant would require a Fire Incident Report or SLKK (Salinan Laporan Kebakaran/Kecemasan).
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  • Below is a checklist of documents needed when applying for the SLKK.
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  • ·        Bring a letter or fill in a request form for a certified copy of the SLKK from the Fire Operation and Rescue Division. Ensure that the letter contains details of the incident (date, time, and address).
  • ·        The report will cost RM100.00.
  • ·        A photocopy of the police report
  • ·        A completed SLKK form
  • ·        Insurance policy
  • ·        Your vehicle grant (if the fire involves a vehicle)
  • ·        A Photocopy of Identification Card
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  • To learn more about Allianz KampungKu and Smart Home Cover, visit allianz.com.my/personal/home-motor-and-travel/home.html.
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  • To learn more about how you can take advantage of the Perlindungan Tenang Voucher Programme with Allianz Malaysia, visit allianz.com.my/personal/whats-new/perlindungan-tenang-voucher-programme.html.  
Allianz General Insurance Company (Malaysia) Berhad Chief Executive Officer, Sean Wang.