Published: Thursday February 28, 2013 MYT 8:17:00 PM
Updated: Thursday February 28, 2013 MYT 10:49:57 PM
Human Resources Minister’s press secretary killed in accident
SEREMBAN: The press secretary to Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam was killed in an accident near here Thursday morning.
The vehicle Sivam Balan was travelling in crashed into the rear of a lorry at KM232 of the North-South Expressway, around 9am.
Sivam, 35, died on the spot while the driver of the Nissan X-Trail, Hazrin Hasan, 35, died at the Malacca Hospital while receiving treatment at the Intensive Care Unit at about 10am.
A police spokesman said both the victims were on their to Alor Gajah from Kuala Lumpur to attend a programme that was to be attended by the minister.
"The Nissan X-Trail went out of control and grazed a Perodua Myvi car before crashing into the rear of a lorry.
"Due to the impact of the crash, both Sivam and Hazrin were pinned to their seats. Sivam died on the spot," he said.
He added that the driver of the lorry and the Myvi car were not injured.
Sivam's body was later sent to the Tampin Hospital for a postmortem and claimed by his family members.
Meanwhile, Dr Subramaniam said Sivam had been working as his press secretary for about three years.
He said he had a close relationship with Sivam, whom he described as a friend who was hardworking and loyal.
"I am very sad because both Sivam and Hazrin were good workers.
"We have lost two good workers in the ministry. Both were loyal, honest and responsible staff.
"Sivam was like my family member and we were close," said Dr Subramaniam.
At the Malacca Hospital mortuary, the atmosphere was poignant as Hazrin's wife Norisuhaila Ishak, 29, and her two children, Haziq Aiman, five, and Afiq Aryan, two, could not control their emotions.
Norisuhaik said Hazrin's remains would be buried at the Muslim cemetery in Batu 3, Kampung Selabak, Teluk Intan, Perak. - Bernama