Kuala Lumpur, Jan 12 : The Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC) president and Works Minister, S. Samy Vellu, has expressed shock over the brutal killing of S. Krishnasamy, a member of the national-level Central Committee of the MIC and a provincial legislator.
Samy Vellu, who was in India attending the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2008, said: "I am saddened by his sudden death. Such incidents should never have taken place."
"We have lost a warrior who fights for the people. Krishnasamy was a capable and dedicated leader. He was also a personal friend and he had always been a people's person," he added.
Extending his condolences to Krishnasamy's family, Samy Vellu said he was leaving it to the police to investigate the killing.
Meanwhile, MIC vice-president S. Veerasingam condemned the incident as ruthless and inhumane.
"This is not the first time such an incident, involving an MIC member, had taken place. I do not understand why such things happen," said Veerasingam.
Krishnasamy, a former contractor, had been actively involved in politics since 1995 and won the rural state seat of Tenggaroh for three terms.
He was also a member of the MIC Central Working Committee.
Krishnasamy, 61, was at the Johor MIC headquarters to attend a meeting when unidentified gunmen shot him at close range while he was in the lift.
Krishnasamy died shortly after the incident on Thursday afternoon, The New Straits Times Online reported.