KUALA LUMPUR (Dec 9): The Dewan Negara today observed a minute of silence and extended its condolences to family members of senator Datuk M. Sambanthan and senator Datuk Ong Chong Swen who died recently.
Sambanthan who was also Indian Progressive Front (IPF) president died of a heart attack on Oct 15. He was sworn in as a member of the Dewan Negara on Sept 25, 2017.
Ong who was Wanita MCA national secretary-general and Selangor Wanita MCA chief died on Nov 18. She was sworn in as a senator on Feb 19, 2018.
Dewan Negara president Tan Sri S.A. Vigneswaran, on behalf of the upper House, expressed sadness over the passing of the two senators which he described as a great loss to the country.
“All their deeds and contributions will always be remembered. May the family members be granted patience and strength in facing this test,” he said. — Bernama