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8 theSun | TUESDAY DECEMBER 2 2008

news without borders

Remains of siege
victim arrive home

BERNANAPIX
by Charles Ramendran
newsdesk@thesundaily.com

KUALA LUMPUR: The


remains of 51-year-old medical
insurance underwriter Hemalatha
Kasipillay, the Malaysian killed
in a fire during an attack by
terrorists at the Taj Mahal Palace
Hotel in Mumbai, arrived at
KL International Airport early
yesterday.
Her husband, K. Sivakumaran,
said the remains were taken to
a funeral parlour and will be
brought to his father-in-law’s
house on Lorong Limau Manis,
Bangsar today after the couple’s
children, Nishalini, 19, and
Dhinesh, 18, who are pursuing
medical studies in Volgograd,
Russia, return to Malaysia.
He said the remains will be
cremated according to Hindu rites
at the Cheras crematorium at
2.30pm tomorrow.
Hemalatha, who was with
German reinsurance firm
Hannover Life Re, where she had Sivakumaran expressed his The casket
worked for almost 20 years, was disappointment with both the bearing the
on a business trip in Mumbai Malaysian and Indian authorities remains of
when the terrorists attacked a for failing to inform him of the Hemalatha
number of targets in the west death of his wife or making full arrives at
Indian city. efforts to search for her. the MAS
She was initially reported He said although Malaysia’s Cargo
missing until her charred body consul-general in Mumbai, Wan Complex
was found in a room at the Taj Zaidi Wan Abdullah, was helpful at KLIA
Mahal Palace Hotel three days when he went to Mumbai, it was yesterday
after the terrorists began the siege Hemalatha’s colleagues there who morning.
on Thursday. had gone through great trouble to
Hemalatha was among the locate her body and assist him in
172 people killed in the incident. sending the remains home.
A post mortem revealed she “Most of the arrangements
had died of smoke inhalation. were done by the family and
The attacks also saw 293 people her colleagues and friends,”
injured. Sivakumaran told theSun.

Landslide report ready in three months


KUALA LUMPUR: The Public Works Department meeting tomorrow.
(PWD) expects to take three months to complete Noratirah Roslan, 16, and her sister Nurul
a report on Sunday’s landslide incident in Hulu Intan Sarina, nine, were buried alive when the
Yam, which claimed the lives of two sisters. slope at the back of their house in Hulu Yam
A spokesman for PWD’s slope engineering Perdana collapsed and crashed on the house.
division told Bernama that PWD officers had Their parents and three other siblings were
gone to the site yesterday to carry out initial unhurt in the 5.30am incident.
investigations. An architect at the Hulu Selangor District
The investigations will, among other things, Council, Abd Wahab Abd Hamid, said the project’s
cover the forensic aspect. certificate of fitness was approved in 2001 and
The committee, comprising officers from handed over to the developer in 2003.
the Department of Survey and Mapping, Min- “However, the project is still under the
eral and Geoscience Department, Local Govern- developer’s responsibility,” he said, adding that
ment and Housing Ministry, state PWD, state the local authorities had yet to approve other
Drainage and Irrigation Department and the infrastructure development in the housing area.
Hulu Selangor District Council, will hold its first – Bernama

No foul play in Syed Alwi’s Police have leads to murder


death of Sri Lankan
KUALA LUMPUR: Police have ruled out foul KAJANG: Police have positive leads to
play in the death of national laureate Datuk solving the horiffic attack on a Sri Lankan
Syed Alwi Syed Hassan who was found dead student who died five days after a gang of
at his home in Kampung Sungai Serai, Kuang, parang-wielding assailants set upon him at
Rawang near here on Sunday. Taman Tasik Semenyih last Wednesday.
Selangor CID chief SAC II Hasnan Hassan said Sarankan Srikandarajah, 22, a final-year
the post-mortem result released at 11.15am student at Nottingham University in Kajang,
yesterday indicated the 78-year-old Syed Alwi was having a meal at the Forest Bar restau-
died of head injuries after falling down. rant on Jalan Broga with three friends about
“As he fell, he knocked over a table causing 3.45pm when 10 attackers who came in
medicine bottles placed on it to fall,” he said. cars began slashing them.
Meanwhile, Gombak police chief ACP Abdul The assailants also waylaid a car min-
Rahim Abdullah said a skull fracture near his utes later about 2km away and attacked
right ear could have been caused by his head another student, M. Senthuran, who was in
hitting a flowerpot as he fell. the vehicle. Senthuran received 45 stitches
Among friends who came to pay their last on his legs, hands and back.
respects were Angeline Tan of “Pi Mai Pi Mai Kajang police chief ACP Shakaruddin
Tang Tu” fame, Farid Amirul Hisham Abdullah Che Mood said police have several positive
of the hit television series “Gerak Khas” and leads and are confident they will lead them
thespian Datuk Rahim Razali. – Bernama to the culprits.