Families happily await imminent reunion


MELAKA: The wife of Gadek assemblyman G. Saminathan was in tears shortly after receiving a call. Then came another and another. However, V. Umah Devi said she did not manage to answer all 45 of them.

Her husband will be a free man soon as Attorney General Tan Sri Tommy Thomas had exercised his constitutional powers to discontinue proceedings against Saminathan and 11 others over their alleged links to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.

Umah Devi said she started crying after hearing the news at her home in Durian Tunggal here.

“All of them were calling me to inform of the AG’s decision. I am grateful, ” she said.

However, Umah Devi, who is pregnant with her second child, said she would only speak to the media after her husband’s release and having him back home with the family.

The wife of Melaka Green Technology Corporation’s chief executive officer S. Chandru said she hoped to see her husband as soon as possible.

B. Sumathi, 34, said she could wait to see her husband after the five-month detention.

“My four children and I went through a lot without him around. He is the sole breadwinner and has to care for his elderly parents as well, ” she said.

Sumathi said she endured a gruelling five months going to court in Kuala Lumpur and here, as well as taking care of the children.

She thanked state executive councillors Datuk Tey Kok Kiew and Datuk Norhizam Hassan Baktee for their endless support, including financial aid, to the family.

“I am grateful to both of them for helping to look after my children’s needs during his absence, ” she said.

Saminathan, 34, as well as Chandru, 38, and DAP member V. Suresh Kumar, 43, are expected to be released early next week.

Saminathan was first arrested on Oct 10 last year at his office at the Chief Minister’s Department at Kompleks Seri Negeri in Ayer Keroh here.

With his imminent release, talk of a by-election in Gadek will be put to rest.

In Seremban, Annun Nacy described news of her father P. Gunasekaren’s impending release as the “happiest moment of her life”.

The 30-year-old law graduate, who got the news after submitting another memorandum to the Home Ministry yesterday, was so excited and immediately returned home to make preparations to welcome his father, who is the Seremban Jaya assemblyman.

“We are a typical family where our father is the centre of everything. Since he was detained, we have been running around like headless chickens. I am beyond words. The past five months have been miserable without him, ” said the Aberystwyth University graduate.Annun Nacy said her mother had not stopped praying since they returned from Putrajaya.

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