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Disbelief and anger over $1m funds 'squandered' by cleaner's widow

$1m all gone? Many demanded to know spending details of cleaner's widow

Published on Jun 10, 2014 7:43 AM
Madam Pusparani Mohan, 34, with her children (from left) Dharmaa, 10, Thurgashini, two, Sarveswaran, 11, and Mageswaran, seven. In the background is a portrait of her late husband Chandra Mogan Panjanathan, who was killed after he was hit by a taxi outside Changi Airport's Budget Terminal in 2012. -- ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN

The tragic death of a Malaysian cleaner two years ago set off an outpouring of public sympathy in the form of cash donations for his widow and children.

But that sympathy turned to anger two days ago, after The Sunday Times reported how Madam Pusparani Mohan, 34, had run through close to $1 million received in donations and insurance payouts in a year.

The story reached about 1.1 million readers on social media, and was shared, liked or commented on 139,000 times, a record for a story in this newspaper.

Many readers were shocked and angry at how quickly the $1 million had been squandered, and demanded to know details of Madam Pusparani's spending.

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