Jananayagam (Democracy) published on the 5th May 1949 carried the life story of Ganapathy on its first page - "Thukkilidapatta Ganapathiyin Vaalkai Viparam" (in Tamil).
1. Newspapers operating in Tamil Nadu, mainly "The Hindu" and "Thinamani" reported appeals from all over India, Moscow and London against Ganapathy's death sentence. These were appeals to the British Government in Malaya to review the death sentence given to Ganapathy.
2. The appeals sought the Government in Malaya to consider Ganapathy's selfless service to the labour class in Malaya
3. Ganapathy was born in 1913 in a village called Muthupettai near Putthukottai in Thanjavur Taluk. and immigrated to Singapore in 1925 when he was 12 years old to assist his uncle.
4. Ganapathy was a good orator. He was admired for his speeches. He learnt English on his own without going through a formal education.
5. At 16, he was employed in Singapore Post Office. Ganapathy started actively involved in labour movement at the age of 24 (in 1937)
6. Served as an Instructor with Indian National Army (during Japanese occupation)
7. He had an uncle in Singapore and a sister in India. When he returned to his village (after attending Asia Conference in Delhi) he was persuaded to get married. He refused and remain as a bachelor till his death.
8. Ganapathy joint the General Labour Union in Singapore as a member and raised to be the President of Pan Malayan Federation of Trade Union in 1947. When the PMFTU's headquarters transferred form Singapore to Kuala Lumpur, he remained in Kuala Lumpur as an editor of "Munnani" - a well known newspaper propagating labour struggles and rights.
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