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Saturday April 29, 2006

Journalist MGG Pillai dies of heart attack


Pillai: His reputation was built on his no-holds-barred reports and commentaries.
PETALING JAYA: Veteran journalist MGG Pillai died of a heart attack at Universiti Hospital at 10.40am yesterday. He was 67. 

Pillai, whose reputation was built on his no-holds-barred reports and commentaries, wrote for several publications during his long career.  

He was once expelled from Singapore over his reports and occasionally wrote on the Vietnam War. 

He was also among the pioneers of the country's online journalism.  

His last posting on his website, MGG Pillai.com, was “Globalisation for Malaysia means the foreigner will control what the local always did in the past.”  

Bernama editor-in-chief Datuk Azman Ujang, in expressing his condolences to Pillai's family, said he wrote his articles without fear or favour. 

Former New Straits Times group editor P.C. Shivadas said: “Journalism was in his blood and he also attempted to push the limits of press freedom and often got himself into trouble from which he never flinched.” 

Pillai leaves behind wife P.C. Jayasree and two sons Sreejit and Sreekant.  

The cortege leaves Siewdor Apartments in Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur, at 10am and is scheduled to arrive at the Cheras crematorium at 11am today.  

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