Shipowner a role model for Tamil kids

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 17 Jul 2003

TAMIL Nesan told the success story of a cargo ship owner from Sitiawan, Perak. 

The daily reported that D. Suriapragasam, 42, used to watch the ships from Lumut beach as a child and dreamt of owning ships when he grew up.  

“I am proud to say that my father was a bullock cart rider who brought up nine children.  

“I am a good example to Tamil school pupils who aspire to become somebody one day,” the daily quoted him as saying.  

Suriapragasam said he bought his first ship in 1989 to transport rice and timber to Russia, India and Africa. His second, a 17,600-tonne vessel, was bought in 1993.  

On another matter, the daily reported the hatching of seven eggs of a Malaysian python at the Chennai Zoo after 80 days of artificial hatchery. 

The daily said that the authorities brought 30 eggs from Malaysia on April 19 and left them for the snake to hatch. 

The report said the snake gave up after 30 days due to hot weather.  

The daily said that the rare species would grow up to 10m long. 

Malaysia Nanban reported that Cuepacs had condemned the government of Tamil Nadu for sacking 2,400 civil servants for their involvement in a demonstration to demand several benefits including a pay rise.  

The daily quoted its president Datuk N. Siva Subramaniam as saying that Cuepacs had asked the government to reinstate the civil servants.  

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