Quoting Lim Guan Eng:
The nation lost a brilliant legal mind and the rakyat a fearless “tiger” with an indomitable spirit who stood up for the poor, weak defenceless and dispossessed.
Karpal Singh’s death in a car accident has shocked millions of Malaysians. He has been making lots of headlines in recent months with his sedition charge. His biography Karpal Singh: Tiger of Jelutong was also released late last year. One of my favourite quotes by him:
“I am religious, but I’m not one to go to the temple every week. I believe that the principles by which you live is a measure of your faith.”
It’s a sad day. Malaysia has lost a great son. One that was highly misunderstood, misquoted, bullied and even in death ridiculed by irresponsible politicians. Despite all of this, during his lifetime, he fought for justice for the poor, week and defenceless. In the legal fraternity, Karpal was a criminal lawyer who never took vacations, did not carry a smartphone, and could rattle off cases and laws off the top of his head even at the advanced age of 73.
“The best tribute to the memory of Karpal is the mushrooming of more lights to brighten the Malaysian national landscape of justice, the rule of law and democracy.” – DAP Tribute to Karpal Singh
If one Karpal is put down, hundred Karpal’s will rise.