A great loss to Indian community and Malaysians that Pathmanaban was never made a Cabinet Minister

Media Comment
- accompanied by DAP MP for Siputeh, Teresak Kok and Selangor DAP State Treasurer T. Kanan  after paying last respects to  Datuk K. Pathmanaban
Lim Kit Siang

(Kuala Lumpur, Saturday): I have known Datuk K. Pathmanaban, who  died of kidney and liver failure at the Pantai Medical Centre here early this morning, for a quarter of a century.

Pathma’s passing is a great loss to the country as he is a great Malaysian son.

Although we belonged to different political camps in Parliament, I had always respected Pathma’s sincerity, seriousness and commitment to his duties both as Deputy Health Minister and later Deputy Labour Minister.

It  is particularly a loss to the Indian community as well as the country that Pathma never became a Cabinet Minister where his talents and qualities would have greater space to serve the community and nation.

Patham was quoted in a recent article about the recent phenomenon where the Malaysians Indians have become the new underclass in the country, where he said:

“Most observers would say the Indian community has been marginalized. Some 80% are below the water. A huge iceberg below the water.  That's very, very sad."

In a way, the marginalisation of the Malaysians Indians had been preceded by the marginalisation of Pathma in Malaysian politics, which is “very, very sad”.


*Lim Kit Siang - DAP National Chairman