Mr N. Dinesh Nair knew that as long as he had tattoos on him, the chances of getting hired would be slim.
He also had a police recruitment interview coming up. So the 25-year-old went to a private doctor in Sungai Petani, Kedah, to get them removed, The Star reported.
He didn't fulfil his dream of becoming a cop because he died two weeks after the tattoo-removal procedure.
The reason for his death is believed to be skin infection and other medical complications, the report said.
His brother, Mr N. Gobinair, 30, said his brother had gone to a clinic to have the tattoos removed on Sept 12 after he was notified to attend the recruitment interview.
Said Mr Gobinair: "He wanted so much to be a policeman.
But now he is gone, with his dream unfulfilled."
It is understood that the doctor initially rejected Mr Dinesh Nair's request, but he almost went on his knees to beg the doctor, who relented.
Mr Gobinair said his brother collapsed and fell unconscious in the middle of the procedure at about 4.30pm that day.
The doctor called an ambulance and he was taken to the Sultan Abdul Halim Hospital, where he was warded for two weeks.
He died on Thursday morning.
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