16 June 2013

Singapore, June 15 (IANS) A leader of the Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC) is in critical condition after being shot at by an unknown gunman outside his home in the town of Yong Peng in the Malaysian state of Johor.

B. Manikam, who is in his 50s, was chatting with a friend when an unknown gunman fired at him several times around 10 p.m. Thursday, the Malaysian Star reported Saturday.

His friend also sustained bullet injuries in his leg.

Both men were rushed to the Batu Pahat Hospital where Manikam is reported to be fighting for his life.

Police recovered empty bullet slugs from the spot and are investigating whether the incident is business- or politics-related.

MIC is one of the three major constituents of Malaysia's ruling Barisan Nasional coalition, the other two being United Malays National Organisation and the Malaysian Chinese Association.


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