Ex-MIC veep, 3 others killed in early morning accident in Johor

PETALING JAYA: Former MIC vice-president S Balakrishnan was killed in an accident along with three others at KM33 of the North-South Expressway in Johor this morning.

Balakrishnan, 64, died on the spot near Kulai.

Three others were injured in the 12.08am incident, according to a fire and rescue department report.

The accident occurred after a container truck lost control and crashed into the Toyota Vellfire and Proton Wira which the victims were in at the time.

The drivers of the container truck and Proton Wira are said to be safe.

Balakrishnan served as MIC vice-president from 2013 until 2015.

He was recently accused of money laundering but pleaded not guilty in the Johor Bahru Sessions Court.

He was said to have withdrawn a total of RM6.012 million between 2012 and 2013.

Firdaus Juritah, head of operations at the Kulai fire and rescue station, was reported by Kosmo as saying his department had received a call about the accident, following which five firemen and a fire engine were dispatched to the scene.

Those who were injured were sent to Kulai Hospital, he said.

The Star Online, meanwhile, quoted Kulai OCPD Superintendent Tok Beng Yeow as confirming Balakrishnan as one of the deceased, along with former state assistant secretary K Ramachandran.

The other victims have been identified as G Ravi and A Ragu.

A post-mortem is being carried out to determine how they died.

The case is also being investigated under Section 41(1) of the Road Transport Act 1987.