Sunday, April 20, 2014

Karpal Singh's Funeral Given State Honors

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The hearse bearing Karpal Singh’s casket leaves his house for the Dewan Sri Pinang for the public to pay their last respects, April 20,2014. Picture by KE Ooi 

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A woman reacts as she tries to enter the Dewan Sri Penang to pay her respects to the late Karpal Singh today. The Malaysian Insider photo by Najjua Zulkefli, April 20, 2014.

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A mammoth crowd is seen as Karpal Singh's funeral cortege inches along Farquhar Street, Georgetown, April 20, 2014. Picture by KE Ooi.

The state flag was flown at half-mast. And Karpal Singh's funeral in Penang today was accorded state honors.

The overflowing streets of Georgetown roared with the voices of thousands calling out the name of their state’s beloved son – Karpal Singh. 

It was here that Karpal had studied, set up his legal practice, fought epic courtroom battles and debated the law. The funeral procession made its way around city streets, making stops at places dear to Karpal – the Penang High Court, his legal firm in Green Hall, the Penang state assembly building, his alma mater St Xavier’s Institution (SXI) and state DAP party headquarters in Rangoon Road – before proceeding to the Batu Gantung crematorium for the final rites. 

Even here, thousands bade an emotional final farewell to the ‘Tiger of Jelutiong’. Karpal's ashes will be scattered into the sea later this week. The precise time and location is not known yet. 

This morning, three separate official tributes were given to the former DAP national chairperson – one by the Penang state government, one by his party and one more by Pakatan Rakyat leaders led by Anwar Ibrahim. 

Lim Guan Eng, Penang chief minister in his eulogy fittingly said: “...His departure will leave an immense void not only in his family's lives, but also in all Malaysians whose lives have been inspired by his principled cause. 

To saudara Karpal’s family, we share your grief in this time of bereavement with deepest sympathies and condolences. Thomas Jefferson said that when the government fears the people, there is liberty; when the people fear the government, there is tyranny. Throughout his life, Karpal showed us how not to fear the government“. 

Rest in Peace, Karpal Singh. 

Postscript: And in indecent haste, BN secretary-general Tengku Adnan Mansor can’t wait to announce that the MCA will field a candidate for the now vacant Bukit Gelugor seat in Penang. Disrespectful BN.

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