A doctor and mentor


Dr Jeyaindran fought for the improvement of our healthcare.

HE was a doctor and a mentor to many. More importantly, Datuk Seri Dr Jeyaindran Sinnadurai was a fellow comrade who fought for the betterment of our national healthcare until his very last breath.

The good doctor spent 38 years of his life serving the Health Ministry as, among others, the deputy director-general of health (medical) and senior consultant physician at the Kuala Lumpur Hospital.

“He was very passionate about national healthcare and aimed to lift its standards to international level for the benefit of Malaysians,” his wife Datin Seri Sunita Rajakumar, 51, told the press.

Even his retirement last year didn’t seem to stop him from imparting his knowledge and expertise on healthcare issues, especially through his articles.

“He was his old-self, jovial, chatty and we talked about Malaysian health services. His heart and soul has always been there,” said Dr Rafidah Abdullah who last met him in London, a few weeks before he passed away from a heart attack on August 19.

The son of Tan Sri Dr C.Sinnadurai, a former senator and president of the Malaysian Ceylonese Congress, Dr Jeyaindran died of a heart attack. He was 64.

For Dr Rafidah, their last encounter would be one of those moments she would never forget.

“He gave me encouragement, he said he had high hopes for me to do many things, especially after I’m done with my masters in Palliative care, and he was confident that my knowledge will bring many improvements.

“I was quite pessimistic as usual, but he encouraged and motivated me, and somehow every time I met him I felt uplifted,” said the head of the Medicine Department at Hospital Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah in Temerloh, Pahang.

Behind that warm, cheery and softly spoken character, however, was a man full of principles.

This was especially evident when Dr Jeyaindran took the lead among a team of specialists who treated Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim during his jail sentence for his second sodomy case.

He was accused of not being able to be professional, following his involvement as a prosecution witness in Anwar’s first sodomy case, but Dr Jeyaindran, who remained steadfast had the best response: “I have treated a person accused of murder, royalty, and I treat them to the best of my ability”.

Former health minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said Dr Jeyaindran always stressed on the need to maintain professional standards and strove to bring about many innovations to improve our healthcare industry.

“As a Deputy Director-General, the popular Dr Jeya lived up to the many challenges faced by the Health Ministry professionally and effectively.

“He was very concerned about the need to maintain high professional standards and brought about many innovations like flexi-timing, structured houseman training and the importance of evidence-based medical practice,” he said.

Apart for his love for healthcare, Dr Jeyaindran was also known for his golden heart.

He took part in a lot of charity work, and even helped to set up Yayasan myNadi to help the less fortunate.

“His foundation ‘myNadi’ penetrated the depths of the Indian community and provided services in the areas of education and culture,” Dr Subramaniam added.

Health Ministry Director-General Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, in a statement, described Dr Jeyaindran as a friend and teacher to many, adding that he will be sorely missed.

Dr Jeyaindran, who specialised in respiratory medicine, cardiology, health management and patient safety had presented more than 200 scientific papers at local, regional and international scientific meetings.

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