AN MIC branch chairman who was on a campaign trail for the partys divisional polls died in hospital when the car he was travelling in hit a tree while negotiating a bend near Sungai Ular in Kulim, Kedah on Wednesday night, according to a report in Malaysia Nanban.
The paper said K. Letchumanan, 50, the Bandar Serdang branch chairman was returning home with his family in the car driven by his son when it skidded and hit the tree during a downpour.
He was actively campaigning for Kulim-Bandar Baru division incumbent chairman S. Muniandy who is facing a challenger for his post.
The daily also reported the case of a 42-year-old man who collapsed and died while preparing for his brother in-laws funeral in Nilai, Negri Sembilan.
It said people in Kerbi Estate were shocked by the double tragedy in the family.
On the foreign front, Tamil Nesan and Malaysian Nanban reported on the gathering of Bollywood stars such as Aishwarya Rai, Amitab Bachan and Ameer Khan in Johannesburg for the cricket World Cup final. The dailies said many more Bollywood stars would be flying in to support the Indian team.
On another matter, Tamil Nesan reported that 92 secondary school students were rounded up by the Kajang Municipal Council for playing truant. The boys were handed over to the police.
It added that the 9.30am operation was conducted at several shopping centres following public complaints.
The daily also reported on a storm that wrecked more than 100 wooden houses in several villages near Sijangkang, Banting, on Wednesday.
It said strong winds uprooted trees and blew off roofs, but no one was injured.