PETALING JAYA: Former Health Ministry deputy director-general Datuk Seri Dr Jeyaindran Sinnadurai died early Monday (Aug 19) morning at the age of 64.
Dr Jeyaindran, who served the ministry for 38 years, was said to have collapsed at his home in Kampung Datuk Keramat before being rushed to Kuala Lumpur Hospital where he died at about 2am Monday.
News of Dr Jeyaindran's sudden death caught many by surprise with ministry's director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah posting a message on his Facebook page offering condolences to the family.
"Our deepest condolences and sympathies to his family and loved ones during this difficult time. Our hearts go out to his family and friends in this time of sorrow.
"He was a great friend and teacher to many and will be sorely missed, " Dr Noor Hisham said.
Dr Jeyaindran retired on May 13 last year as asenior consultant physician in Hospital Kuala Lumpur.
Among those who expressed their condolences include Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail who tweeted her condolences upon learning of the news.
PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, who was personally attended to by Dr Jeyaindran on regular occasions while imprisoned in Sungai Buloh prison, also tweeted to expressed his condolences.
Also offering his condolences was Umno secretary-general Tan Sri Annuar Musa.
Former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak also took to Facebook to offer his condolences to the family.
"The late Dr Jeyaindran often joined my official delegations overseas and he would routinely perform health checks on me. We also sometimes had breakfast together where we would discuss health-related topics, " Najib said in his Facebook post.
Malaysian Medical Association (MMA) president Dr N. Ganabaskaran said he was shocked on learning of Dr Jeyadrain's death.
"I knew him for 20 years both personally as a good friend and also while serving with MMA. He was such a likeable person who was always there to help those in need, " he said.
Dr Ganabaskaran added that Dr Jeyaindran was also well-liked by junior doctors whom he had mentored over the years while at Hospital Kuala Lumpur.
Besides bringing positive changes while serving in the ministry, Dr Ganabaskaran said that Dr Jeyaindran also helped set up Yayasan myNadi to help the less fortunate, including Tamil schools.
He said the family plans to hold the funeral on Wednesday (Aug 21).
Recieved sad new this morning, Prof. Datuk Dr. Jeyaindran collapsed early this morning and was brought to ED . Passed away in ED HKL at 2.18 am. My deepest condolences. Our prayers and thoughts are with the family in this moment of grief.— Dr Wan Azizah Ismail (@drwanazizah) August 19, 2019
Our deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolences to the family of the late Datuk Dr Jeyaindran Tan Sri Dr Sinnadurai, former Deputy DG of Health. May he rest in peace.— Annuar Musa (@AnnuarMusa) August 19, 2019
Salam takziah kepada keluarga mantan Timbalan Ketua Pengarah Kesihatan (Perubatan), Prof Datuk Dr. Jeyaindran Sinnadurai di atas pemergiannya awal pagi tadi. https://t.co/Xjzq4hssNH pic.twitter.com/k7NgMkexmP— Anwar Ibrahim (@anwaribrahim) August 19, 2019