Wednesday, 30 April 2008

IPF president and ex-MIC man Pandithan dies

Indian Progressive Front (IPF) president Tan Sri M.G. Pandithan (pic. left), formerly the vice-president of MIC, passed away after a battle with cancer at KL General Hospital at 8.20am today. He was 68.

His body will be taken back to his home in Serdang at noon today.The funeral will take place on Thursday at 3pm at a venue to be determined.

Pandithan was also formerly Member of Parliament for Tapah and parliamentary secretary to the Trade and Industry Ministry.

He leaves behind his wife Jayashree and 21-year-old son Jeyan, who’s studying medicine in the Ukraine.

Once considered a protege of MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu until they had a falling out in 1988, after which Pandithan was sacked from the party. The two remained political enemies for nearly 20 years, but made up last year during the Ijok by-election.

Pandithan’s renewed friendship with Samy Vellu led to fears that IPF would be dissolved into or merged with MIC. But at a press conference last July, Pandithan declared that IPF would not be resolved (read here) as long as “I am alive.”

From hospital bed last week, Pandithan named his wife Jayashree as his successor in IPF, declaring her president. This has led to some dissent within the party.

Source: The Star


Anonymous said...

May he rest in peace.

A Malaysian said...

My deepest condolences to the family of the late Tan Sri Pandithan.

May he rest in peace.