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RAWANG: More than hundred people turned up to pay their respects to P Balasubramaniam, better known as PI Bala, at his home in Taman Pelangi, here this afternoon.
The last rites for the private investigator, who died from a heart attack yesterday, began at noon and the cortege left for the Cheras crematorium at about 1.30pm.
Bala leaves behind a wife Sentamilselvi, 43, and three children Kishen, 16, Menaga, 14 and Rishi, 11. A distraught Sentamilselvi, 43 fainted when the cortege left his home.
Bala, rocked the nation with a statutory declaration implicating Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak and wife Rosmah Mansor in the murder of Mongolian model Altantuya Shaariibu
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He then retracted his allegation in a second SD, following which he left the country.
Upon his return recently, Bala swore on the Bhagavad Gita, a Hindu holy book, that the contents of his first SD was true.
Bala suffered heart problems on March 5 and was admitted to the SJMC for tests and discharged on March 12.
Wan Azizah: Bala was a noble man
On Tuesday, Bala said he needed to rest at least a month, putting the breaks on the opposition’s plans for his nationwide ceramah before the 13th General Election.
His nephew, Manimaran, 28 said the family did not want any sort of media attention in their hour of grief but this seemed to have fallen on deaf ears, further upsetting the family.
Asked by FMT, why there were few politicians at the funeral: “I don’t know where are they now.
Manimaran also said Bala’s post mortem report would only be ready on Monday.
Seen at the funeral were PKR president Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, Selayang MP William Leong and Rawang state assemblyman Gan Pei Nei.
Wan Azizah, after paying her respects, told reporter that said Bala was a noble man, “who only spoke for the people.”
“I feel sorry for his wife and children, they have my heartfelt condolences.”
Meanwhile, Kelana Jaya MP Loh Goh Burne who turned up at the crematorium said he had been in communication with Altantunya’s father Dr Shariibuu.
“I’ve been communicating with Dr Shariibuu in regards to Bala’s death, he was upset as he was planning to pay him a visit in order to help Bala reveal the truth behind his daughter’s murder,” he said.
Subang MP R Sivarasa who was present at the crematorium expressed his heartfelt condolence to Bala’s family.
“He was a very brave man, we will never forget what he did to make a change in this country. Bala was a person who was willing to fight till the end for the truth, I’m sure his crusade will not end with his untimely death,” he told reporters.
Also present was Bala’s lawyer Americk Sidhu, who was devastated by Bala’s untimely death.
“I’m sad, I’m angry…but this will not end here. Bala has given me all that is needed to reveal the whole truth,and in due time it will be out in the open,” he said.