SINGAPORE: Manimaran Ashukumar, the Assistant Treasurer of the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) and Young Democrats leader, tragically passed away at the age of 33 on Saturday (29 Jul) after collapsing during a social football game.
The news of Ashukumar’s departure was confirmed on Sunday morning by Bryan Lim Boon Heng, Vice-Chairman of the SDP, in a heart-wrenching Facebook post.
According to information shared by another party member, Ashukumar reportedly collapsed while playing football, and despite the efforts of paramedics and doctors, his heart could not be revived.
Bryan Lim expressed his devastation and shock upon hearing the news, struggling to come to terms with Ashukumar’s untimely passing. He had been eagerly anticipating meeting Ashukumar next weekend for the Party’s upcoming public forum.
Bryan Lim fondly recalled Ashukumar’s personality, describing him as a polite, deep-thinking, and quiet individual, always willing to lend a helping hand whenever needed.
“I have kept a close tab on his progress since he first joined the Party as a tertiary student & he has only grown from strength to strength over the years. ”
Bryan Lim also shared how he advocated for Ashukumar’s advancement within the party and was thrilled when he earned a position in the party’s leadership ranks last year.
“A few months ago, he was assigned the big task of organizing our Party’s futsal tournament & at times, I would check with him to find out about the progress.”
“What a cruel irony & twist of fate that he had caught his last breath while playing the game he loves the most. I still cannot accept that he is gone like this. ”
Additionally, Bryan Lim revealed that Ashukumar was being considered as one of SDP’s potential candidates for the next General Elections, particularly for SDP Sembawang GRC, given his deep knowledge of the area.
“Not only did we lose a quality candidate, we also lost a dear comrade & an even dearer friend. ”
Abdul Salim Harun, a fellow member of the SDP, expressed his grief on Facebook over the loss of their party comrade.
“Throughout my time knowing and interacting with him, I found him to be a very friendly and understanding person, someone who you can be comfortable and at ease with,” he said.
The cortege of Ashukumar will depart on Monday (31 Jul) at 5 pm, heading to Mandai Crematorium Hall 2 for the cremation ceremony scheduled at 6 pm.