GEORGE TOWN: Former Penang MIC chairman Datuk V. Muthusamy has passed away of a heart attack.
The 77-year-old, who was supposed to undergo a heart operation, died at 3.15pm at the National Heart Institute of Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday.
He held various posts in the MIC and was well-known for beating Karpal Singh in the Prai by-election in 1991 which was then a Barisan stronghold.
A lawyer by profession, Muthusamy was also a former Butterworth Indian Association president and a board member of the Penang Port Commission.
He is survived by his wife Datin Valli Muthusamy, a former senator and national MIC Wanita chief, and six children.
Penang MIC secretary Datuk S.S.T. Muniandy said Muthusamy's death was a loss to the Indian community.
"He was a tireless social worker who worked hard for the betterment of the Indian community, particularly in Penang."
His funeral will be held at 2pm today at 27, Jalan Intan, Bagan Ajam, Butterworth.