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Thursday April 5, 2007

Selangor MIC deputy chief Sivalingam dies at 61


KLANG: Selangor state MIC deputy chairman and Ijok assemblyman Datuk K. Sivalingam died at a private hospital in Chennai, India yesterday of suspected heart failure. He was 61. 

The State Unity and Plantations Committee chairman had flown to Chennai on a Jet Airways flight at 8am with his daughter Vanithamany, 33, and her husband G. Pathmanathan, 36. 

Sivalingam, who was known to suffer from a heart problem and diabetes, had been feeling unwell during the flight and collapsed while waiting for his luggage. He died at the hospital's Intensive Care Unit at about 11am.  

His son, Saravanan, 27, said the family was in shock, as his father seemed healthy and happy before leaving. 

Samy Vellu visiting Sivalingam's (inset) wife P. Nallamah and son Saravan (second from left) at their home in Shah Alam on Wednesday. Also at hand to extend her condolences was Datin Paduka Rohani Sham of the Selangor State Secretariat.
“My mother is inconsolable but the rest of us are trying to be strong. It is fate,” he said, when met at the family house in Section 7, Shah Alam. 

Saravanan left on the 10pm flight to Chennai yesterday to bring his father's remains home. 

Sivalingam’s son-in-law, Sarathi Kuppusamy, 35, said the funeral would be held tomorrow once the late MIC leader's daughters, Pathma, 21, and Chitra, 24, return from the US and Bali respectively.  

Sivalingam's other son, Partiban, 22, returned yesterday from Kedah where he is pursuing a Pharmaceutical Science course.  

MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu who expressed sadness over Sivalingam's death, described him as a “dedicated and committed assemblyman.” 

Election Commission chairman Tan Sri Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman said a by-election would be held as it has been less than three years since the swearing-in of the Selangor assemblyman on April 22, 2004. 

Sivalingam began his political career some 40 years ago and has been an assemblyman since 1995 and a state executive councillor since 1997.  

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