MELAKA: Lawyer G. Buvaneswary has left a lasting legacy on Malaysian unity despite losing her battle to breast cancer, says Datuk Seri Sulaiman Md Ali.
While expressing his condolences, the Melaka Chief Minister said Buvaneswary brought Malaysians together before her passing.
"It's sad to hear Buvaneswary has left us but her memories will linger on, especially when her plight brought all of us together," he said when he was told of Buvaneswary's death on Thursday (Jan 28).
Sulaiman said he was touched when Malaysians from various races rushed to raise funds for Buvaneswary when her plight was highlighted by social activist S. Thiruchelvam from Ipoh, Perak, in November last year.
He said he also asked his special secretary Datuk M. S. Mahadevan to visit Buvaneswary at a private hospital in Ayer Keroh here upon finding out about her plight in late November last year.
"She (Buvaneswary) brought all Malaysians together, including my friends from the Opposition, who wanted to help her in her fight against cancer," he said.
Thiruchelvam said Buvaneswary died while being treated at the same private hospital at about 10pm on Wednesday (Jan 27).
Thiruchelvam, who is also an NGO leader, wrote about Buvaneswary's plight on Nov 29 last year, aiming to raise funds to pay for her hospital bills.
He initially shared his message with his close associates but was surprised when it went viral and managed to raise enough to help settle Buvaneswary's medical costs.
Buvaneswary's father, S. Gunusegran, 64, had exhausted all of his savings to get the best treatment for his only daughter.
His wife died 17 years ago and Gunusegran brought up his four children as a single parent.
Gunusegran is also dependent on RM300 monthly aid from the Welfare Department after he was disabled in a road accident in 1992.
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