Tan Sri Devaki Krishnan, the trailblazing Malaysian woman who made history as the first female elected to public service in Malaysia, has passed away at the age of 100. The sad news was confirmed by her grandson and Deputy Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives Minister, Datuk R. Ramanan, in the early hours of this morning.
“The passing of Tan Sri Devaki Krishnan, who reached the age of 100, undoubtedly leaves a void that will be deeply felt by her entire family. Renowned as the ‘Grand Dame of Malaysian Indian Politics,’ she played a significant role in shaping the political landscape of Malaysia. Devoting her life to community service, she emerged as an influential figure, elevating the status of women globally through her dedicated leadership and contributions. Her legacy is a testament to a lifetime committed to enhancing the dignity of women and making a lasting impact on society,” he shared on his Facebook.
Devaki Krishnan’s prominence in Malaysian politics dates back to a time even before the country’s establishment. Her political journey commenced in 1952 when she secured a seat on the Kuala Lumpur Municipal Council as a member of Datuk Sir Onn Jaafar’s Independence of Malaya Party. Following this early success, Devaki, originally from Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan, later affiliated herself with the Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC).
In 1975, she took on the role of MIC secretary, showcasing her dedication to the party’s objectives. Her commitment to the cause was further recognized in 1984 when she assumed the position of Wanita MIC deputy chief, solidifying her influential role within the party and contributing significantly to the advancement of Malaysian Indian politics.
According to New Straits Times, the public can offer their final respects to the late Tan Sri Devaki Krishnan starting at 10am tomorrow, 22nd January 2024 at her Brickfields residence. Subsequently, her remains will be transported from her home to the Loke Yew Crematorium at Jalan Loke Yew at 1pm on 23rd January 2024.
Those who wish to pay their respects can do so from 10am until 8pm tomorrow and 8am to 11am on 23rd January 2024 at her residence at No 118 Jalan Berhala, Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur. Prayers will commence at 11am on 23rd January,” he told the New Straits Times today.