Bandar Mahkota Cheras :Toll-Free For Now

The cabinet has decided that the disputed Bandar Mahkota Cheras toll-free access road to the Cheras-Kajang Highway would remain open until the issue is settled in court.



Water Canon

Tear Gas

Than The Goverment React:

My personal question as citizen of Malaysia:
  • Why the government react very late?
  • Why the FRU always there if people gather, is that People gathering is training ground for FRU use their water canon and tear gas?

Police beat up youth

By his account, he was only a curiosity-seeker who wanted to know what was going on at the site of a disputed barricade near Bandar Mahkota Cheras (BMC) last night.

In no time at all, however, Chang Jiun Haur was soaked in his own blood after being repeatedly beaten by 20 riot squad (FRU) personnel armed with batons and kicked with boots.

Chang, 21, his sister and two friends were driving away from the site of the barricade about 11.30pm, when their car was surrounded by police personnel who had earlier dealt with a fracas involving BMC residents.

A high-ranking police officer at the scene claimed that Chang had run over a FRU personnel with his car.

“He asked for it. He ran over a policeman and he got what he deserved,” the officer told Malaysiakini a few minutes after the incident.

Asked to identify the person who was hit by the car, the officer had initial difficulty in persuading the individual to come forward.When he did so, the man - who appeared unscathed - claimed: “He tried to run me over... look at my baton, it is broken. What more evidence do you want?”

However, a police officer who took Chang to the Kajang Hospital said none of the personnel had been hit by the car.
Chang, when met at the hospital at 12.30am, denied this as well: “We had just come back (to Kuala Lumpur) from Port Dickson and wanted to see what was going on.”

Toilets and cars hot spots for sex

KUALA LUMPUR: Outside the bedroom, the toilet is the next likely spot for Malaysians to engage in sex, according to the 2005 Durex Global Sex Survey.

Of the 5,409 Malaysians who responded to the survey, 44% claimed they have had sex in the loo. The second and third favoured spots are the car (38%) and parents' bedroom (24%).

The survey, now in its ninth year, also revealed that Malaysians are quite adventurous in pursuing their sexual escapades (see illustration).

The respondents, who also voted model Amber Chia as the sexiest Malaysian celebrity, comprised 70% males and 30% females.

Those aged 21 to 34 years made up 72% of the respondents while those below 20 made up 15%.

A total 65% of the respondents said they would encourage young people to practise safe sex, against 20% who would tell them to abstain from sex until marriage.

Malaysians are also losing their virginity at an average age of 19 years, compared with 19.3 last year and 20 in 2001.

About 67% of respondents said they only received sex education when they were 15 or older.

When they want to avoid sex, the top excuse used by Malaysians is “I'm tired” (32.6%).

One in 10 respondents also admitted to have had a homosexual experience, 29% had one-night stands, 19% “took the back door”, 14% had extra-marital affairs, and 9% had threesomes.

The survey showed that the average Malaysian has sex 83 times a year, compared with the worldwide average of 103 times.

The Greeks topped the world average with a frequency of 138 times a year, while the Japanese ranked lowest at 45 times a year.

Anwar Say It Again:Enouf MPs

Anwar Ibrahim says it again. Pakatan Rakyat has the numbers to take control of the federal government from the Barisan Nasional.


Addressing a PKR dinner in Kuching last night, the Pakatan de facto leader said many things were happening which made many Barisan MPs unhappy but they dare not speak out in Parliament.

The Barisan MPs could speak out if they join Pakatan, he added.

The former DPM said under the BN's long rule, a lot of things were going wrong which had put Malaysia way behind many other countries, such as Singapore and even Indonesia and Thailand , in terms of the economy, except for the corruption index which was going up.

The 'political tsunami' following the March 8 general election was the beginning of change necessary to make this country great once again, he said.

Clearly trying to erase any doubts about his claims, Anwar reiterated that Pakatan would topple the BN and form the federal government as “we already have the numbers but the timing for the change will come at the appropriate time”.

Pakatan Rakyat, a loose coalition comprising PKR, DAP and PAS, are in control of five states (Penang, Kedah, Perak, Selangor and Kelantan) and the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur. In the March 8 polls, Pakatan won 82 parliamentary seats against the BN's 140 seats, denying the latter of a two-third majority.

"the first batch of Barisan MPs to join Pakatan will take place either at the end of May or early next month"

Malaysia Lost Pulau Batu Putih

THE HAGUE: The International Court of Justice has ruled that Singapore has sovereignty over Pulau Batu Puteh while Malaysia owns Middle Rocks.

As for the South Ledge, the ICJ ruled that it belongs to the state in whose territorial waters it is located.

ICJ vice-president, Awn Shawkat Al-Khasawneh read out the judgment, which was carried live over RTM1 Friday.

Pulau Batu Putih, which Singapore calls Pedra Branca, an isle no larger than half a football field, is about 14.3km from Tanjung Penyusop in Johor and 46.3km from Singapore.

Middle Rocks is about half a nautical mile from Pulau Batu Putih and 1.7 nautical miles from South Ledge.

The 17-member bench heard oral arguments from Malaysia and Singapore between Nov 16 and 23 last year.

The judgment ends the 28-year old territorial dispute between Malaysia and Singapore and both countries had earlier pledged to abide by the decision of the ICJ that is final and not subject to appeal.

Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim described the judgment as a "win-win" situation. He said the status quo remained although Singapore has sovereignty over Pulau Batu Puteh and Malaysia over Middle Rocks.

My Own Summary as a : Malaysian

Lost of “dignity and pride”

The 40 Richest Malaysians:2007

The bar has been lowered. Malaysia's 40 Richest needed a net worth of only $100 million to make the list this year, down from $127 million in 2007, despite the fact that the Malaysian ringgit gained 6% against the U.S. dollar, the currency in which their fortunes are measured.

Caught up in the global equities slide, the Kuala Lumpur Composite Index was off 8% in the past year but has fallen 15% since mid-January. While 16 people still managed to add to their fortunes, another 18 saw their net worth slip.

Some tumbled considerably, with seven losing one-fourth or more of their fortune. That includes Lim Wee Chai, head of rubber glove manufacturer Top Glove, and Yaw Teck Seng, founder of forest group Samling, both worth one-third less than a year ago.

The total net worth of the top 40 is $46 billion, up $3 billion from last year. But that figure is skewed by strong gains by three tycoons who are up a combined $4.9 billion.

The year's biggest gainer was Robert Kuok, again the country's richest person; his fortune jumped $2.4 billion to $10 billion. That was on top of a $2 billion gain the previous year. Lee Shin Cheng, ranked third, adding $1.9 billion. Both businessmen got boosts from their valuable holdings in palm oil producers Wilmar International and IOI, respectively.

Vincent Tan's fortune has more than tripled in just a year, thanks mostly to gains in the share price of his Berjaya Land and flagship Berjaya Corp., pushing him into the billionaire ranks and bringing the country's total number of billionaires up to 10.

Lee Swee Eng is up in part because we added in the value of the shares held by his wife, Gan Siew Liat, who works with him at oil services company KNM. But even without her, his fortune would have increased, as KNM's stock price almost doubled in the past year.

Three newcomers made the cut. The richest is Lee Kim Hua, widow of renowned gaming tycoon Lim Goh Tong, who died in 2007. David Law Tien Seng makes his debut thanks to his stake in Australian iron ore company Midwest.

Grabbing the No. 40 spot is Nazir Razak, son of the nation's second prime minister, who heads financial services firm CIMB. Kasi K.L. Palaniappan and Mustapha Kamal Abu Bakar lost their spots on the list, as shares in real estate developer MK Land Holdings, which makes up most of their wealth, are trading at just a third of their price, compared with last year.

Although we don't usually put royalty on the list, U.K.-trained lawyer Seri Eleena Raja Azlan Shah, whose father is a sultan, returns, thanks to her chunk of infrastructure company Gamuda, on whose board she sits.

For people with publicly traded fortunes, net worths were calculated using share prices and exchange rates from May 9. For privately held fortunes, we used database company BRIS and other sources to estimate what companies and assets were worth if public.

Uthaya's new bid for freedom, this time for medical negligence

Hindraf leader and ISA detainee P Uthayakumar has filed a fresh court application against the Internal Security Ministry and Kamunting detention centre for medical negligence and endangerment to life.

Lawyer N Surendran filed the habeas corpus application at the Kuala Lumpur High Court today on behalf of Uthayakumar who claimed he has been denied medication for his diabetes.

Uthayakumar is also claiming that the camp authorities refused to admit him into the National Heart Institute (IJN) despite being told by doctors to do so.

Habeas corpus is a writ ordering prisoners to be brought before a court or judge to ascertain if there are any procedural defects which could render their detention unlawful.

The hearing is set for June 25.

Uthayakumar is among the five Hindraf leaders currently detained in Kamunting under the Internal Security Act for alleged terrorist links.

[Full report to follow]

Time To Fulfill Election Promises:Samy Vellu

MIC president S Samy Vellu today reminded Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to honour all election pledges made by Barisan Nasional before the March 8 general election.

According to a Bernama report, Samy Vellu said that the time had come for Abdullah, who is also the BN head, to turn into reality all the promises made to the people by the ruling government before the polls.

"While the MIC fully backs the leadership of Abdullah as prime minister and BN chief, we feel it is his duty to ensure that all promises are kept.

"...and since it is now time to work, it is only fair that we ask him to fulfil the pledges," he said.

This remark by Samy Vellu will surely add more pressure on Abdullah who is already reeling from the constant calls made by his predecessor Dr Mahathir Mohamad for him to step down.

In his latest move Mahathir today urged all BN members of Parliament to hop out of the coalition as a way to force Abdullah to step down.

Mahathir has openly blamed Abdullah for BN's defeat in the general election. BN coalition parties like MIC, MCA and Gerakan were all almost wiped out with most of their candidates and leaders being defeated.

Samy Vellu himself was defeated in his Sungai Siput parliamentary constituency, a seat which he has held since 1974.

MIC appeals for scholarships

Earlier Samy Vellu met Chief Secretary to the Government Mohd Sidek Hassan to appeal on behalf of 187 Indian Malaysian high achievers who were denied Public Service Department (PSD) scholarships this year.

Samy Vellu said of the 187 students, three had scored 12 A1, seven (11 A1), 68 (10 A1), 66 (9 A1) and 43 (8A1) in the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examination.

"I explained to the chief secretary the need to help these students. This is in line with our aspiration to create at least two professionals in every Indian family in the country.

"He was very receptive and has promised to do his best to help these students who have excelled in their studies," he told Bernama.

Currently, only 72 Indian students have received PSD scholarships, out of the 2,000 scholarships offered.

The former works minister also urged students, who had appealed through MIC, to inform the party headquarters if they receive fresh offers for scholarships.

"This will help us keep tabs on things. Previously, they didn't tell us if their appeals were successful or otherwise, making it difficult for us to gauge our efforts in securing government scholarships.

"The PSD will take some time to do the revision. In the meantime, I advise the students to remain calm and wait for the final list," he added.

Hindraf 5 lose Federal Court appeal

The Federal Court today threw out the appeal by five Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) leaders to be released from detention under the Internal Security Act (ISA).

In a brief judgment this morning, Chief Judge of Malaya and panel chair Alauddin Mohd Sheriff said the detention order issued by the Internal Security Minister on Dec 13 last year was valid and met all the requirements under the ISA.

He said the three-member panel of the country's highest court agreed with the findings of Kuala Lumpur High Court judicial commissioner Zainal Azman Abdul Aziz who held that the minister could order a person to be detained under Section 8 of the ISA on Feb 26.

Alauddin added that Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi in his capacity as the then Internal Security Minister had rightly issued the detention order and had complied with the procedural requirements under the Act.

This was unanimously agreed by two other judges - Arifin Zakaria and Hashim Mohd Yusoff when the judgment was delivered at around 11am this morning.

Review application on Monday

The ruling means the five have almost exhausted their legal battle nd will have to remain detained under the security law, which allows for detention without trial.

In their habeas corpus applications, the five stated that their detention was unlawful because of the vague grounds given for their arrest.

The detainees' counsel Gobind Singh Deo said he was disappointment with the ruling, adding that they will file for the Federal Court to review its own decision on Monday.

"We are disappointed with the decision that was brief and it did not address the issues we raised on the points of law for consideration.

"We intend to apply for a review and we'll submit that application on Monday," he told Malaysiakini.

The detainees were also represented by Karpal Singh and his son Ram Karpal. Also present, representing the government, was attorney-general Abdul Gani Patail.

"The judges did not address the arguments we submitted," said prominent lawyer and opposition lawmaker Karpal.

"This is a very important case with far-reaching consequences. How can they detain someone without a police investigation?" Karpal told AFP.

During a hearing last month, Abdul Gani urged the court not to release the activists as they were a threat to national security and that the prime minister had ordered their detention after a thorough investigation.

But Karpal had argued that their detention was illegal and tantamount to an abuse of power by the government because there had been no 60-day investigation period beforehand.

MPs urged to stage one-day walkout

The five are P Uthayakumar, V Ganabatirau, R Kenghadharan, T Vasantha Kumar and M Manoharan.

They were detained under Section 8(1) ISA on Dec 13 last year under Abdullah's orders.

They were immediately sent to under a two-year detention to the Kamunting detention centre without first having to undergo a 60-day investigative period.

The five rose to fame after organising an illegal assembly on Nov 25 which drew 30,000 ethnic Indians out of their homes to protest on the streets against unfair treatment and marginalisation.

The law enforcers responded with water cannons, tear gas and arrests soon after. While the Hindraf lawyers were charged for making seditious statements against the government, several protesters were charged with illegal assembly and attempted murder.

Their supporters however argued that the five - four of whom are lawyers - were merely raising issues concerning the community.

Numerous quarters, including Barisan Nasional component parties such as MIC, MCA and Gerakan, have called for their release.

In an immediate reaction, Hindraf urged opposition parliamentarians to protest against the ruling.

"We are calling on all 82 opposition MPs to stage a one-day walkout of Parliament to show the people's anger at the decision and the government's attempt to stop any discussion of the ISA in the parliament," group coordinator R Thanenthiran told AFP, adding they would organise more demonstrations if they were not freed.

"We now have no choice but to demonstrate in order to get justice."

PM launches Myanmar Cyclone Nagris fund, aid team lands

Prime minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi today launched a fund for cyclone-hit Burma after Kuala Lumpur's aid team landed in Rangoon.


Cyclone Nagris left about 62,000 dead or missing in Burma, ravaging parts of the southern Irrawaddy delta and leaving millions homeless after sweeping through the country on May 3.

Abdullah asked Malaysians to donate to the fund being overseen by the Foreign Ministry.

"We help them on humanitarian grounds, there is no politics in this matter. When there are people suffering, we Malaysians always offer assistance," Abdullah told state news agency Bernama.

Meanwhile, a Malaysian aid team landed at Rangoon's International Airport on Monday, carrying RM500,000 worth of aid, Bernama reported.

The 32-member team included military, government aid workers and Malaysian Red Crescent Society members who brought blankets, instant food, medicines, clothes, water purification tablets and tents.

Malaysia's state media were also allowed to accompany the aid workers.

Best of luck to all aid workers , serve for the need , back with pride.

Myanmar Cyclone

YANGON, Myanmar:The death toll in a powerful cyclone that struck Myanmar three days ago rose to 22,500 Tuesday and foreign governments and aid organizations began mobilizing for a major relief operation.

The death toll is the latest in a steadily escalating official count since the Cyclone Nargis struck early Saturday, devastating much of the fertile Irrawaddy River delta and the nation's major city, Yangon.

At a news conference in Yangon, the minister for relief and resettlement, Maung Maung Swe, said 41,000 people were still missing in the cyclone, which triggered a surge of water inland from the sea.

"More deaths were caused by the tidal wave than the storm itself," he said, in the first official description of the destruction. "The wave was up to 12 fee (3.5 meters) high and it swept away and inundated half the houses in low-lying villages. They did not have anywhere to flee."

A spokesman for the United Nations World Food Program said that as many as one million people might have lost their homes and that some villages were almost totally destroyed.

Referendum Delay

State radio said the referendum would be delayed for two weeks in badly hit areas that include the Irrawaddy delta and much of Yangon.

These areas are centers of repressed opposition to the junta, and now potential centers of anger over what is described by both residents and foreign diplomats as an ineffectual government response to the cyclone.

Residents have described a mood of anger and a grim resignation at the junta's power since the military shot into crowds last September to quell a huge non-violent pro-democracy uprising led by Buddhist monks.

At least 31 people, and possibly many more, were killed during that uprising, and thousands were detained, including large numbers of monks.

International Aid

International aid groups were assessing the country's needs and preparing shipments of food and materials that included roofing materials, plastic tarpaulins, mosquito nets, water purifying tablets and medication to prevent outbreaks of cholera and malaria.

"We hope to fly in more assistance within the next 48 hours," said the World Food Program spokesman, Paul Risley, speaking in Bangkok. "The challenge will be getting to the affected areas with road blockages everywhere."

A military transport plane was scheduled to arrive Tuesday with emergency aid from Thailand.

A number of other nations and organizations, including the United Nations, the European Commission and Myanmar's powerful neighbor China, said they were prepared to deliver aid.

America's Political Message

The United States, which has led a drive for economic sanctions against Myanmar's repressive regime, said it would also provide aid, but only if an American disaster team was invited into the country.

The policy was presented by Laura Bush, along with a lecture to the junta about human rights and disaster relief.

"This is a cheap shot," said Aung Nain Oo, a Burmese political analyst who is based in Thailand. "The people are dying. This is no time for a political message to be aired. This is a time for relief. No one is asking for anything like this except the United States."

Dasavatharam Story Line

It is time to put a side talking about a flop movie Kuruvi by Dharani(director) , Vijay(hero) , and Trisha(Heroin). Even its still early to say say Kuruvi is a failure , if you watch the movie by your self , you will admit that Vijay and his movie fail to lift up the expectation of the audience . To read the hand made preview of this movie , visit makkez or theeyes .

The failure of Kuruvi , turn the spotlight of the audience on Kamal(hero) and Ravikumar's(director) Dasavatharam . Trailer of the movie itself enough to reflect that , Kamal and Ravikumar prepared something new and unexpected movie line for their audience .

Dasavatharam Trailer :

Dasavatharam Background :

Since the announce of the movie Dasavatharam , it created big expectation as Rajini's Sivaji . Dasavatharam also planned to be released very grandly in overseas such as USA , Canada , UK , Europe Counties , China , and Japan . Dr.Kamal the Ulege Nayegen(his title) act in 10 different roles 1st time in Indian Film Industry . It include as an American , China Man , C.B.I Officer , Old Woman , Afghanistan Leader , Historical People Religion Leader , President Of United States Josh Bush , and Punjab Man . And the talent of Dr. Kamalhasan (Hero) appropriately utilize by K.S Ravikumar(Director) to produce Hollywood equal movie with the aid of modern technology and graphics . It took almost 9 hours to makeup Kamal on his each character , and the down part is , the hard made makeup only will last long for 1 hour . Hence whatever scene must be play , must be done in 1 hour time with makeup on . All this enough to show that , this movie took a long time to be finished with hard work of many talented individuals .

Dasavatharam Story Line :

Story starts at 14th century . Fight among two group of different believes in Hindu occurs . That is who praying and believe Shivan(Hindu God) and Narayenen(Hindu God) . Kamal is Antaren(hindu term for holy man) force to pray Shivan by the King . But kamal says "no" , as a consequences , he been tight up to Hindu God statue and thrown into the sea . The problem which started there , haunted kamal in his every lifetime . The fight among to groups still exist until modern age , but the form of fight change by the flow of the time . In his every life , a Sriranggenaar's(hindu God) statue will appear .

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Sorry for my loyal readers always here looking for politic news , now is summer and many good movies out , and my post will in and out of entertainment category once in a while , thanks for the support .

Raja Petra(Webmaster) charged with sedition

Malaysia Today news portal webmaster Raja Petra Kamaruddin was today charged with sedition at the Petaling Jaya Sessions Court over an article which he wrote in his website.

The article allegedly implied that Deputy Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak and his wife were involved in the killing of a young Mongolian woman.

Raja Petra claimed trial to the charge. He was charged under Section 4(1)(c) of the Sedition Act for publishing seditious article on April 25 on Malaysia Today.

Hearing has been fixed from Oct 6 to 10 and Raja Petra was granted a bail of RM5,000, which he refused to post, deciding instead to remain in custody until the hearing date.

If found guilty, Raja Petra could be jailed for a maximum of three years and/or face a fine of up to RM5,000.

The chargesheet also highlighted nine paragraphs of the article which was titled "Let's send the Altantuya murderers to hell" as seditious.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Nordin Hassan is prosecuting while Raja Petra was represented by a team of six lawyers led by Karpal Singh.

Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad : Starts His Own Blog

KUALA LUMPUR: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is now a blogger.

He is blogging through his website, which is named after the pseudonym he used when he wrote articles for the newspapers.

In his profile, Dr Mahathir lists himself simply as the "Prime Minister of Malaysia 1981 – 2003".

Dr Mahathir wrote that the site was dedicated to publishing his writings as and when he was able to pen his thoughts and opinions.

He added that interested parties, including the media, were allowed to reproduce or quote materials published in his site but to credit them to

Comments and feedbacks accompanied by names or pseudonyms were welcome, while anonymous ones and those containing profanities and obscenities would be rejected, he wrote.

In 1st day of launch of his 1st post , it received about 904 comments and 97292 unique visitors , wow .


Sparks Fly in Kick Start of Parliment

Sparks flew when the new Parliament session opened yesterday with MPs shouting, bickering and calling each other names live on television with the Speaker having a tough time controlling the House. Things got so bad that the Government is now mulling over whether to discontinue the live telecast of proceedings. Most people, however, want the broadcasts to continue.

Few scenes/action from First Parliament Session:

Rest In Peace : Tan Sri M.G. Pandithan

Indian Progressive Front (IPF) president MG Pandithan passed away this morning after a protracted bout with leukemia.

The 68-year-old leader died at Hospital Kuala Lumpur at 8.30am. His wife Jevashree Pandithan was at his bedside.

The veteran politician was previously a popular leader in MIC who commanded strong grassroots support from the Indian working class. He later rose up the ranks to become vice-president.

However, his ties with MIC president S Samy Vellu became strained when he backed a faction opposed to the president.

In 1988, he was slapped with a show-cause letter for allegedly practising caste-oriented politics.

Coffin protest

In June that year, Pandithan embarked on a hunger strike in front of the MIC headquarters in Kuala Lumpur. He brought along a coffin to signify that democracy was dead in the party in a protest which made headlines.

This led to his expulsion on July 16 together with 13 of his loyalists.

Two years later, he formed IPF and since then the party has been trying to gain entry into the Barisan Nasional ruling coalition but Samy Vellu remained opposed to this.

However during the Ijok by-election last April, the two sworn enemies buried the hatchet and hugged each other on stage.

During the IPF congress in July last year, a frail-looking Pandithan heaped praises on Samy Vellu and described him as a "hero of the Indians." He also likened him to the Hindu god, Lord Krishna.

This reunion did not go down well with some members in IPF who viewed it as an act of betrayal by their president.

Samy: I'll miss him

In a statement today, Samy Vellu said he is deeply sad over Pandithan’s demise.

"We are shocked by his death and wish to extend our condolences to his family. Pandithan was a great leader who had the people in his heart.

"He worked tirelessly for the Indian community and had achieved many successes. He is looked upon as a people’s leader with the qualities of a statesman," he added.

The MIC president said Pandithan will be remembered for his sacrifices and deeds as a leader of the people.

"I will miss him a lot because he’s not only a leader of a mass-based party, but he was also my friend," he added.

Meanwhile. Gerakan vice-president Dr S Vijayaratnam said Pandithan had been a great help to BN, including during general elections.

"We will never forget his untiring efforts to help Malaysians of all walks of life, not only from the Indian community, but from other races as well," said Vijayaratnam.

"He had an almost Gandhian image of being kind to all, never losing his temper, but being firm and resolute when the need arose."

Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi paid his last respects to Pandithan at his residence in Seri Kembangan in Kuala Lumpur this afternoon.

"He had always shown deep concern on issues concerning low-income earners and poor Indians," he told Bernama.

"That was his struggle all along and he showed seriousness and dedication. His followers loved him dearly."

Dynamic leader

The Malaysian Hindu Sangam described Pandithan's death as a great loss to the Indian community.

In a statement, its president A Vaithilingam said he knew the late politician as a young journalist in the late sixties.

"He was then very popular with the San Peng Road Indian community who were mostly in the poverty group.

"I came to know him better in the seventies when we met at various seminars and youth training programmes. Though we had some differences in opinion, we were then together in the field of youth development.."

Vaithilingam said to Pandithan was a dynamic leader of thousands until his illness.

"He was a brave leader, a 'Makkal Thondan' (one who serves the people) and respected with love by his followers."

1-Minute Video in Pandithan's House