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Release Of Dead Body – Do You Know?

Introduction

Certification of death shall be given either by a fully registered medical practitioner or Investigating Police Officer (I.P.O).

For all dead bodies classified as Police Cases, the Police shall be notified and clearance shall be obtained before release of the bodies.

The Forensic Assistant Medical Officer (A.M.O) on duty or the A.M.O on duty of Emergency Department is responsible for the release of the body from the mortuary to the claimants after verifying all relevant details pertaining to the deceased and claimants of the body.

Recognition Of The Body

Recognition of the body will be done by the next-of-kin. For Police Cases, recognition of the body will be carried out with relevant police personnel.

Claiming The Body

The following details of the claimants shall be documented into Borang Pengendalian Mayat and the Death Registration Book:

  1. Name of the claimant
  2. Identification / Passport No.
  3. Address of Claimants
  4. Relationship to the Deceased
  5. Date and Time of Release to the Claimant

All deaths shall be issued with:

  1. Borang Perakuan Pegawai Perubatan Mengenai Sebab-Sebab Kematian atau Perakuan Pegawai Perubatan Mengenai Sebab-Sebab Kematian (Post-Mortem)


     

  2. Borang Daftar Kematian / Permit Mengubur

Hospitals shall not be held responsible for any untoward incidences once dead body has been claimed.

Last Rites

The claimants shall make their own arrangement for the process of performing the funeral rites in accordance with the respective religious bodies and transportation of the body.

Hospitals only provide room facilities for the performance of the last rites by the claimants.

The forensic/hospital staff shall not be involved in the procedures of last rites including escorting the body during transportation.

M.O.H does not provide embalming services.

Death Registration

The claimants are advised to register the death for issuance of Death Certificate at the Jabatan Pendaftaran Negara within 3 working days after date of death by bringing along the:

  1. Blue copy of the Borang Daftar Kematian / Permit Mengubur (Akta Pendaftaran Kelahiran dan Kematian, 1957 (Seksyen 4(1) Kaedah 5 –JPN.LM02 (Pin1/11); and


     

  2. Identification card of the deceased.

For registration of deaths in Sabah. the claimants need to bring along the:

  1. Slip MF13 and Borang B (JPN); and


     

  2. Identification card of the deceased

For registration of deaths in Sarawak, the claimants need to bring along the:

  1. Form VIII Medical Certificate of Cause of Death (BD9/68) or Form IX Medical Certificate of Cause of Death (After Post-Mortem) (BD10/68) and;


     

  2. Identification card of the deceased

Release Of Dead Body Of Foreigners

The related High Commission/ Embassy needs to be notified for issuance of confirmation on the status of nationality of the deceased prior to releasing the dead body to the claimants/appointed representatives.

The claimants shall make their own arrangement with the funeral operators based on the available Garis Panduan Pengimportan Atau Pengeksportan Mayat Atau Manamana Bahagiannya (Edisi Pertama) 2006.

Ensure that the respective High Commission/Embassy/Consulate is notified prior to repatriation of the foreign national dead body.

Reference

  1. Surat Pekeliling Ketua Pengarah Kesihatan Malaysia Bil. 10/2012 Standard Operating Procedures of Forensic Medicine Services Reference No. KKM87/P1/34/8 Jld 4 (76) dated 22 Februari 2012

 

Last Reviewed : 21 October 2014
Writer / Translator : Salina bt. Hisham
Accreditor : Khoo Lay See