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DAP’s Sungkai rep accused of swindling

 | August 26, 2011

He denies the charge and calls PKR man Arjunan a liar.

SHAH ALAM: A PKR leader has accused Sungkai assemblyman A Sivanesan (photo) of misappropriating funds that were supposed to be given to the parents of a child who died after falling into a ditch in 2003.

MS Arjunan, who is Taman Ehsan Tasek PKR branch chief in Perak, lodged a police report yesterday against Sivanesan, a prominent member of Perak DAP.

On Wednesday, the Tamil daily Malaysian Nanban carried a story about the 2003 tragedy of the death of four-year-old S Tamilaarasan. He fell into a ditch in Slim River at a site of the construction of the double-track railway between Rawang and Ipoh.

His father made a police report after the death, alleging that Malayan Railway Bhd and DRB-Hicom were negligent in not installing enough safety signs.

Malaysian Nanban quoted the parents as saying that no action had to date been taken against the two companies. They apparently approached Arjunan for help recently.

Arjunan told FMT today that Sivanesan called him after reading the paper on Wednesday and advised him not to get involved in the case.

He claimed Sivanesan also told him the parents had received compensation but when he checked with Tamilaarasen’s mother, she denied this.

“Something fishy is happening and I urge police to investigate Sivanesan,” he said.

Sivanesan denied the allegation, calling Arjunan a liar.

“I have never discussed anything about the case with Arjunan,” he told FMT. “I told him that there was no way to proceed with the case after eight years.

“Arjunan is publicity crazy. He has lodged more than 100 police reports against political leaders.”

He added that police should act against Arjunan if they find his allegation baseless.


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