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RIP Karpal Singh (1940 – 2014)

Today, Malaysians bid farewell to a great man in law and politics as YB Karpal Singh was killed in a car crash.

Barely picking up the pieces from tragedies such as the missing airiliner MH370 and the death of Irene Fernandez, the citizens of Malaysia yet again mourns a great loss – Veteran DAP leader and Bukit Gelugor MP Karpal Singh, 73, passed away due to a car accident around Gua Tempurung early this morning.

En route from Kuala Lumpur to Penang for a court case, it is mentioned in various news reports that the notable lawyer’s vehicle (a Toyota Alphard)  had collided with a lorry along the North-South Highway near Gopeng, Perak. The accident happened at Km 301.6 of the highway, near the deadly Gua Tempurung stretch.

Also killed in the accident was his assistant Michael Selvam. The two others, including his son, Ramkarpal Singh were seriously injured.

His other son and Puchong MP, Gobind Singh Deo, confirmed the news of Karpal’s death via Twitter at about 3.30am.

Nicknamed as the ‘Tiger of Jelutong,’ the Veteran lawmaker holds a law degree from the University of Singapore and had joined the Democratic Action Party (DAP) in the year 1970. An indefatigable fighter for justice, the man ran for Parliament in the 1978 general election and won the federal seat for Jelutong, which he held for five terms.

Nonetheless, regardless of his political views, it can’t be denied that he was a remarkable man. Aptly put into words by the Chief Minister of Penang, Lim Guan Eng himself, Karpal Singh’s death is a ‘great, measurable loss’ — Malaysians have lost a voice of conscience, a voice for justice, and ultimately, a true hero.

Our thoughts and prayers go to the family members of the late Karpal Singh. The nation truly mourns at your loss for what you fought and stood for. Rest in peace Mr. Karpal Singh, you will always be remembered.

 

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