News of his sudden death caught many by surprise, with friends, former colleagues and leaders expressing their grief and condolences.
Dr Jeyaindran, 64, who retired on May 31, 2018, after serving the ministry for 38 years, is believed to have collapsed at his home in Kampung Datuk Keramat, Kuala Lumpur, before being rushed to Hospital Kuala Lumpur (HKL), where he died at about 2am yesterday.
Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad said Dr Jeyaindran would be remembered for his contribution to the medical fraternity.
“I will always remember his message to ministry staff to ‘always facilitate, don’t frustrate’.
“It is a meaningful message that will always remain relevant in bringing change,” he said in a media statement.Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, in a Facebook post, described Dr Jeyaindran as a great friend and mentor.
“Our hearts go out to his family and friends,” he said.
Malaysian Medical Association (MMA) president Dr N. Ganabaskaran said he was shocked to hear of Dr Jeyaindran’s death.
“I knew him for 20 years. He was likeable and was always there to help those in need, “ he said.
He noted that besides bringing positive change while in the ministry, Dr Jeyaindran had also helped set up Yayasan myNadi to help the less fortunate.
Among national leaders who were saddened by Dr Jeyaindran’s demise was Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.“Received sad news this morning. Prof Datuk Dr Jeyaindran collapsed early this morning and was brought to the ED (emergency department). Passed away in ED HKL at 2.18am,” she tweeted yesterday.
Her husband, PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, who was personally attended to by Dr Jeyaindran on a regular basis during his incarceration at Sungai Buloh Prison, also took to Twitter to express his condolences.
Former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak went on Facebook to offer his condolence to the family, saying that Dr Jeyaindran was often part of his delegation during visits abroad.
Dr Jeyaindran is survived by his wife, Datin Seri Sunita Mei-Lin Rajakumar.
Final prayers will be held at 22, Jalan Kent 1, Kuala Lumpur, at noon tomorrow, with the cremation ceremony to follow at the Cheras Crematorium at 2pm.
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