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Parliament clinic doctor missing

IPOH: Medical officer Dr B. Sugu­maran (pic) who is a familiar face to many parliamentarians has been missing from work and home for over a month now.

Dr Sugumaran, a bachelor aged 50, has not returned to his house in Taman Sri Rampai in Setiawangsa, Kuala Lumpur, since Jan 3.

Dr Sugumaran, who is with Hospital Kuala Lumpur, has been based at the clinic in Parliament building for the past 10 years.

One of Dr Sugumaran’s cousins described him as a nice and helpful person with no enemies.

D. Nithiananthan, 43, said he last spoke to his cousin Dr Sugumaran sometime after Christ­­­mas last year.

However, he said that Dr Sugumaran was a secretive person who hardly re­vealed anything to anyone.

Nithiananthan, a diabetic patient, said he had called Dr Sugumaran regarding some medication but his cousin told him to call him back after New Year.

Nithiananthan said he tried calling Dr Sugumaran a few times in early January but there was no reply and his handphone was switched off.

“I did not think anything of it, as I felt he could have gone outstation or overseas for work.

“But in the second week of January, I had received a call from the Kuala Lumpur Hospital (HKL) in­forming me that Dr Sugumaran had failed to turn up for work, and if I knew his whereabouts.

“I then called his friends and family to ask about Sugumaran’s whereabouts but they did not know as well,” he said when contacted in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

Nithiananthan said his aged parents stayed separately, and Dr Sugumaran was staying alone at his house.

“I have not personally told or asked Sugumaran’s parents about his whereabouts as my uncle suffers from heart problems, while my aunt suffers from severe diabetes.

“But I immediately informed Sugumaran’s younger brother, and we tried looking for him at all the possible places, and people we mutually know but to no avail,” he added.

He said Dr Sugumaran has been in the government service for 23 years.

Ipoh Barat MP M. Kulasegaran lodged a police report here yesterday.

“He is a good friend and a personal doctor. I spoke to his aged parents and a few friends but they too are not sure where he is,” Kulasegaran said.

“So I feel it is time that I lodged a police report and I have also informed a few parliamentarians, including Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam about the matter,” he told reporters after lodging the report.

Those with information can call the nearest police station or get in touch with Kulasegaran at 012-503 4346 or Nithiananthan at 016-217 9619.-thestar

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