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KUALA LUMPUR: M. Balan hated being in the spotlight. He always wanted the focus to be on the underprivileged children of the Agathians Shelter.
Fondly known as Sivabalan (pic), the founding member of the children’s home in Petaling Jaya was nothing short of a hero to his sister Inthira.
Accompanied by grieving family members, Inthira fought back tears as she claimed 35-year-old Sivabalan’s body from the Hospital Kuala Lumpur (HKL) mortuary yesterday.
She said Sivabalan, a businessman, died from third-degree burns after a gas explosion at his office in Taman Pelangi, Sentul early on Wednesday morning.
Among those present at the mortuary were Sivabalan’s colleagues from the shelter home.
“My brother was inspired to start the home when he took in a few children from a run-down home 11 years ago.
“More than 40 orphans and children of single parents have sought refuge from the shelter ever since he started the home in 2003,” said Inthira.
The explosion, which left Sivabalan severely burnt, reportedly happened around 2am on Wednesday in his office located on the second floor of a three-storey shophouse.
When contacted, Sentul OCPD Asst Comm Zakaria Pagan confirmed that police have received a report on the fire and investigations are ongoing.
“We are working hard to identify the cause of the fire and whether foul play was involved,” he said.
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