KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian Hindu Youth Organisation (HYO) founder, Vijayaratnam Saravanamuthu, passed away Wednesday at the Gleneagles Hospital here from respiratory complications.
He was 77.
Vijayaratnam, fondly referred to as the "Father of the Hindu Youth", founded HYO in 1949 and had contributed immensely to its growth, which has some 90 branches nationwide now.
During his lifetime, Vijayaratnam had organised many Hindu Youth conventions in various parts of the country and he was elected the first secretary-general of the Malaysian Youth Council in 1962.
HYO in a statement said Vijayaratnam leaves behind a wife Pushpavathy Chinniah and two sons, Datuk Vijay Eswaran, 51, and Vijaya Vicknesh, 49. Bernama