I was shocked to learn of the accidental death of my good friend and Gerakan leader, Dr S. Vijayaratnam, around noon today. I could not believe my ears when a mutual friend called and informed me .
It was just yesterday I met him and spoke to him. Everything was so normal.
The late Dr VJ, as he was fondly by his friends and comrades, was a very approachable leader, and had been Gerakan National vice president for many years. . His uncle was none other the late Rajaratnam , Singapore Foreign Minister and one of its founding fathers. His father, the late Dr S. Seevaratnam, was the DAP MP for Seremban Barat in 1969.
Despite coming from such an illustrous family, Dr VJ was a very humble person. He had never failed to help anyone seeking his advice. He was also a staunch believer of Gerakan’s ideology and was a prolific writer and frequently contributed to the letters column of the various National english papers commenting on current issues and policies.
I am sad that such a nice person has so suddely left us , and would like to offer my heart-felt condolences to his all family members.