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‘Sugumar’s death being used for political mileage’


PETALING JAYA: MIC today urged PKR vice- president N Surendran to stop using security guard C Sugumar’s death as a tool to gain political mileage.

“Sugumar’s family is already devastated by his death and is enduring a lot of hardship,” said MIC Youth secretary, C Sivaraajh.

Yesterday, Surendran accused Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak of preventing Thai pathologist, Pornthip Rojanasunan from conducting a second post-mortem on Sugumar’s remains.


Citing an “impeccable source”, Surendran alleged that Najib had spoken to his counterpart in Thailand, Yingluck Shinawatra, about the matter.

“As a result, the Thai government decided that Pornthip should not perform the second autopsy in order not to undermine the relationship between the two countries,” Surendran was reported saying.

Sivaraajh, however, described the PKR leader’s accusation against Najib as illogical.

“If Surendran thinks that he is gaining Indian support by doing this, I’m afraid it’s having the opposite effect. Maybe that’s why he is trying to drag Najib’s name into this,” he said.

C-Sugumaran-300x180Sivaraajh added,” Even if Pornthip refuses to come here, we can always hire other private pathologists in Malaysia to do same the job.”

Extending an olive branch to Surendran, Sivaraajh said that he is willing to meet the PKR leader personally to find out what caused Sugumar’s death.

“Let’s meet up and share information. From there, we can work together to find a private pathologist to conduct autopsy on Sugumar. As promised, MIC will foot the bill for it,” he said.

“If there is foul play in the security guard’s death, lets’s bring justice to his family,” he said.

Federal Territories People’s Progressive Party (PPP) chief A Chandrakuman was more vocal in his criticism against Surendran, urging the latter to provide proof on Najib’s interference.

“Why would Najib want to stop the second autopsy? It was the prime minister who ordered for a report on Sugumar’s death during a Cabinet meeting,” he said.

Calling Surendran’s outbursts as politically motivated, Chandrakumanan said that the PKR leader is craving to be in the limelight, which is not helpful in this situation.

On Sivaraajh’s offer, Chandrakuman said, “Surendran should leave politics aside and work with MIC to resolve the matter.”