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Remains of Bernama correspondent arriving Tuesday

March 13, 2016

M Santhiran, 48, died of medical complications in New Delhi early this morning.


KUALA LUMPUR: The remains of Bernama’s New Delhi-based correspondent M. Santhiran who died early today, will be flown to Kuala Lumpur tomorrow night.

Malaysia’s High Commissioner to India, Naimun Ashakli Mohammed said the flight, MH191 was scheduled to take off at 11.10pm tomorrow and expected to arrive Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 7am on Tuesday.

“My staff are making all the necessary arrangements to facilitate the process of sending the body home,” he told Bernama from New Delhi.

Naimun said he met Santhiran’s wife and son for two hours earlier today, to console them and they handled the situation well.

He said he met Santhiran quite regularly as the journalist used to interview his news sources at the High Commission as it was more convenient to do so.

Santhiran, 48, died of medical complications, including organ failure at the Primus Chanakyapuri Hospital in New Delhi at 11.40pm (2.10am Malaysian time) after being admitted to the hospital on Friday.

Naimun said the journalist appeared to be tense most of the time and would normally speak about the problems related to his work in the Indian capital.

“I told him such problems relating to bureaucracy were a normal phenomenon here (in India) and we, at the High Commission were also facing them.”

Naimun also revealed that Santhiran had a cardiac arrest after being admitted to hospital and his condition deteriorated further.

He is survived by widow, Malarvili d/o Dorasamy, 47, and sons, Rutran, 18, and Nahvin, 16.



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