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MIC chief praises Karupaiya for championing people’s interests

SUNGAI SIPUT: The death of Pakatan Harapan’s Padang Serai parliamentary candidate M Karupaiya today would be deeply felt as he was outspoken in championing the people’s interests, especially the Indian community, said MIC president SA Vigneswaran.

“It is a difficult situation. His passing will be felt intensely by his family. He was an MP who always fought for the rights and future of the Indian community.

“I’m saddened. My condolences to his family,” he told Bernama after meeting the community in Taman Kledang here tonight.

Karupaiya, 69, was fielded to defend the seat in a six-cornered fight with Hamzah Abd Rahman (Pejuang), C Sivarraajh (BN), Bakhri Hashim (Warisan), Azman Nasrudin (PN) and independent candidate Sreanandha Rao in the 15th general election (GE15).

In GE14, Karupaiya won the seat by a majority of 8,813 votes, beating PAS’ Sobri Osman and Barisan Nasional’s Dr Leong Yong Kong.