Vendor shocked by his ‘obituary’ posters

  • Nation
  • Sunday, 08 Apr 2007

PETALING JAYA: Newsvendor V. Arumugam was shocked when he read his own “obituary” last week. 

He discovered posters with his picture and an announcement that “special prayers for the repose soul” of the “late Arumugam a/l Vellayan” would be held at 7pm today pasted on the walls of shops in Medan Pasar, Kuala Lumpur, and at morning markets in Ampang and Brickfields. 

He also received a bundle of 460 posters from Pos Malaysia which had been addressed to various restaurant owners and newsvendor associations in Malaysia. The posters were returned to the “sender” due to insufficient postage. 

Arumugam is currently serving his fourth term as president of the 50-year-old Federal Territory and Selangor Indian Newsvendors Association. 

False notice: Arumugan holding up one of the obituary posters whichhad been plastered at several locations in Kuala Lumpur.

He first got wind of the posters on Tuesday when a reporter from a Tamil newspaper called and informed him of the “obituary” announcements. 

The next day, the same posters were seen in various parts of Kuala Lumpur. 

“Since then my phone has been ringing non-stop with friends calling to find out if I am still alive. It has distressed my family,” he said. 

“I've also received threatening phone calls recently, and had made police reports on both matters,” he added. 

“I want everyone to know that I'm still alive.” 

He is leaving it to the police to investigate.  

“I fear for the safety of my family and myself as we do not know what the culprits are planning to do next.”  

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