Indonesian Journalist Dies On Duty At SEA Games

VIENTIANE: Lukmanul Hakim died on Friday while reporting for Republika Daily during the Southeast Asian Games taking place in Laos.

Lukman, 40, was found collapsed on top of his papers when writing for his paper at an internet kiosk about 5 p.m. local time.

His body was rushed to Mittaphap hospital but the hospital officials said he had died on arrival.

Born in Semarang, Central Java on Sept. 2 1969, Lukman had complained about his heart problem before departing to Laos.

Indonesian State Minister for Youth and Sports Affairs Andi Alfian Mallarangeng paid his respects at the hospital along with the Chairwoman of the National Sports Council Rita Subowo and the Indonesian contingent chief Alex Nurdin.

“I would like to express my deepest condolences. He was part of our cause in this SEA Games and I hope what he did can move Indonesian contingent members to fight their best for the country,” Andi said. – JP