KULAI: Former MIC vice-president Tan Sri S. Balakrishnan (pic) was on his way home after attending a friend’s funeral in Melaka when the car he was travelling in was involved in a fatal accident.
In the accident, Balakrishnan and four others were killed when a lorry crashed into the Toyota Vellfire he and six others were in and a Proton Wira at KM33 of the North-South Expressway at about 12.10am yesterday.
Balakrishnan, 65, died at the scene.
Younger brother S. Jegathisan said Balakrishnan was on the way back after attending a funeral.
In the accident, MIC former state assistant secretary K. Ramachandran, 51, was also killed.
His nephew, S. Vettri, described him as a generous man who never failed to help the needy.
“We organised a charity drive at Jalan Cendana in Pasir Gudang last Sunday and he was among those who handed aid to the poor.
“The last time we spoke was on Tuesday evening, about 7.30pm, when he was on the way to Melaka. He said he would meet up with me when he returned from the trip,” he said.
Meanwhile, Johor MIC chairman R. Vidyanathan said he received news of Balakrishnan’s death at about 3am via a text message.
“Balakrishnan was a good leader, as I had the opportunity to work with him as the party secretary during his two-year tenure as Johor MIC chairman,” he said.
He said it was a double blow to the party as they not only lost Balakrishnan but also Ramachandran.
Kulai OCPD Supt Tok Beng Yeow said two other passengers in the Vellfire, G. Ravi, 55, and A. Ragu, 47, also died in the crash while three others were injured.
Police are investigating the accident as reckless or dangerous driving.
The lorry driver and driver of the Proton Wira were unhurt.