Zahid’s special officer Ramesh Rao passes away

KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Ramesh Rao Krishnan Naidu, a special officer to Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, has passed away.

He was 52.

Ahmad Zahid expressed his condolences to his family and also appreciation for his services and contributions to the community and the country before and when holding the post.

“With feelings of sadness and grief, I and all at the Deputy Prime Minister’s Office and the Rural and Regional Development Ministry would like to convey our condolences to the family of the late Ramesh Rao, my special officer who died early this (Saturday) morning.

“May the family members, his acquaintances and close friends stay strong and resilient in the face of the loss of someone they loved,” he said in a statement of his special officer for Indian affairs.

Ramesh Rao died at his home in Petaling Jaya, understood to be due to a heart attack.

Ramesh Rao, who was also Pertubuhan Minda dan Sosial Prihatin president, was appointed Ahmad Zahid’s special officer last December to look into the problems and interests of the Indian community.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim expressed his condolences to the family.

“Hopefully, they will be patient in their moment of grief,” he said in a tweet yesterday. — Bernama

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