M. Bala Subramanian, Singapore's first Asian Postmaster-General and a veteran community leader of Indian origin, died at his residence due to age-related ailments. According to the news of The Straits Times, he was 103 years old and would have turned 104 on March 5.
Reportedly, Subramanian is survived by his 87-year-old wife Sumitra Bala Subramanian, a daughter and two granddaughters. A day before his death, Subramanian and his wife celebrated the completion of 55 years of their marriage. He was learning Japanese in his last days.
Wife Sumitra said that she used to read a lot and loved poetry. He was a great admirer of the poems of Umar Khayyam. Subramanian joined the public service in 1936 as a probationary clerk in the Colonial Postal Service Department.
After World War II, he studied the postal system in Britain on a two-year scholarship. After working there for a few years, he returned to the Postal Services Department in 1955 as Assistant Controller of Accounts.