Thursday, April 17, 2014

The nation loses an illustrious son

A loss difficult to replace

The sudden and tragic death of Mr.Karpal Singh, veteran opposition and DAP stalwart caught the nation by shock and surprise on an otherwise peaceful and uneventful Thursday morning. The news of his death in an early morning road accident was met with disbelief initially and then sadness and grief.

Many of us know Karpal Singh  as a fierce and combatant lawyer and opposition politician who dared to do what many feared, confront the government  in parliament, in the courts and outside without fear for five decades. Even jailing could not stop him from his fight for the people.

He was a man of integrity and a defender of the constitutional rights of all Malaysians regardless of race and creed. Despite the many setbacks, intimidations and harassment by the authorities he stood firm to his principles and rose up to courageously to defend the poor and victimized in society. He did that unwavering till the very end, even after being confined to a wheelchair due to injuries sustained in a road accident in 2005.

Coming from very humble origins he worked his way up to become one of the most respected and sought-after lawyer in the country. His courageous and vocal criticism of the government for nearly five decades won him the title of the “Tiger of Jelutong”. At an age of 74,paralysed and sickly and convicted for sedition and possibly even jailed, Karpal was still fighting for his ideals for a just and fair Malaysia for all. In fact he died fighting and became a hero in the hearts of many.

His untimely death is a great loss for the country and for fight against corruption and injustice in the country. His death is a great loss for the opposition Pakatan Rakyat, at a time when it is getting closer to the capturing Putrajaya,to the various human rights groups and the people at large seeking justice. The nation has lost an illustrious son who will be extremely difficult to replace for many years to come.

Karpal may be gone but he has left a legacy as fervent fighter against legal, political and social injustice in the country. He has earned a place in the hearts of all Malaysians and generations to come will continue to hear the roar of the Tiger of Jelutong loud and clear.

Our deepest condolences to his wife and children and our thoughts and prayers are with them during this very difficult time.

We also convey our deepest sympathies to the family of his personal assistant Michael Cornelius Selvam Vellu who died with him in the accident. At 39years of age his death is a great tragedy to his family. He was devoted to his master even in death.

May they rest in peace.

Michael was literally the man behind Karpal since the 39-year-old, would push his boss around in his wheelchair wherever he went,even to his death

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