Hero caretaker pledged eyes before death


  • Letters
  • Monday, 17 Mar 2003

ONE of the two caretakers who died a heroic death after saving five blind men in the sea off Balok in Kuantan on Saturday had pledged his eyes before his death, according to Tamil Nesan. 

The daily said authorities at Tungku Ampuan Habshan removed the eyes of K. Arul, 30, as he had pledged to donate them after his death. 

The paper reported the drowning of two men in their bid to rescue the five inmates of a school for the blind in Kuala Lumpur. 

The two, who were working as assistants at the school, dived into the sea to rescue the inmates. However, they were washed away by strong waves after saving them.  

It said the two had accompanied about 40 blind students for a picnic in Kuantan.  

Malaysia Nanban reported that MIC deputy president Datuk S. Subramaniam won unopposed as Seputeh division chairman when nominations for the division’s election held at the party headquarters closed on Saturday.  

In the front-page report, it also played up a picture showing supporters of Subramaniam garlanding him after the announcement of his victory. 

The daily also reported that another 30 IT professionals arrested by the police during a raid at a condominium in Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur, last week had returned to India yesterday. 

Forty-four men returned home last week following the alleged mistreatment by police during the raid. 

The IT professionals hired by companies operating in the Multimedia Super Corridor reported to the Indian High Commission that they were kicked, slapped and had their passports damaged by police during the raid.  

Indian High Commissioner Veena Sikri said that more would be returning to India soon and only 10 were still detained at the police lock-up due to discrepancies in their passports. 

Malaysia Nanban reported that Perak exco member and Hutan Melintang assemblyman Datuk G. Rajoo had pledged that the frequent power cuts in the Bagan Datoh parliamentary constituency would be resolved by the end of the year. 

It quoted Rajoo as saying that Tenaga Nasional had promised to resolve the problem.  

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