C. Sukumaran

C. Sukumaran was born on 22nd February 1954 and had his early education in Kluang and Batu Pahat. He was one of the earliest law graduates from the University of Malaya and was called to the Bar in 1978. In 1983, he married Dr Rekha Nair, niece of the late Devan Nair, ex President of the Republic of Singapore. Dr Rekha a teacher has a Masters from the University of London and a PHD from Sussex University in the field of English teaching. Over the years, the firm of C Sukumaran & Co has become well known as a very good law firm having branches in Kluang, Batu Pahat and Johor Bahru. Although he was known as a workaholic, he was also involved in social services. He had served as the President of the Kluang Indian Association. He was a trustee of a Hindu temple there and also served as the Chairman of Kluang. EWRF; this last association helps financially the deserving poor students towards higher education. Whenever Suku (as he was affectionately called by his friends) appeared before His Lordship he had economy of expression, measured words, always unhurried; he was never one of those wordy gabblers. His interest in law went very deep. It is a well known fact that he kept a very large law library, one of the largest in the Johor State, not a bare essential library. He and I used to have long telephonic discussions on the difficult aspects of law and procedure. The benefit was always mutual. I still remember him once exploding into a loud chesty laughter when I gave him a quotation with ADR looming large at the horizon, the cow of trial law is on its way to the slaughterhouse, yet in the meantime still giving milk and it is a pity to waste such good milk as long as the udder is not drying up. Those who knew him know that he was heavy on smoking and coffee two of the worlds most extensively used drugs. Occasionally, whenever I felt the whiff of cigarette smoke wafting into my chambers, I would guess that C.Sukumaran was not far behind, with his majestic strides. Whether these two deleterious items cigarette and coffee were the succumbing factors hastening death in his early fifties is moot. Sukumaran at 52 passed away so early. But then wasnt it Martin Luther King when warned that he was going to be assassinated if he went South who said: It is not the quantity of life, it is the quality of life however short that matters.

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