This morning, I was listening to Minnal FM and when the news headline came on that YB Karpal Singh has died in a road accident, I couldn’t believe my ears and I strained to listen to the complete news. It was said that Karpal Singh, the Jelutong Tiger, DAP veteran leader and Bukit Gelugor MP died in a car crash near Gua Tempurung at 1 am.
The accident also claimed the life of his personal assistant Michael Cornelius, 30. Both Karpal and Cornelius died on the spot while three other passengers, including Karpal’s son Ramkarpal, were injured. One of them, believed to be Karpal’s Indonesian maid, is said to be seriously hurt.
The accident happened when Karpal’s vehicle hit a slow moving lorry.
74-year-old Karpal was travelling from Kuala Lumpur to Penang to attend a court hearing later today.
First, Irene Fernandez, then Bernard Khoo, and now, Karpal Singh, leave in quick succession. All of them were warriors in many respects, voices of conscience swallowed by death while the rot consuming our nation live on. Perhaps Karma has lost its sense of reasoning.
The most poignant memory of YB Karpal Singh for me is him being lifted while being in a wheelchair at the parliament. A passionate man who battled disability to continue doing what is right with a sense of justice and fearless character and a true Malaysian who fought for the oppressed.
Without YB Karpal, the opposition will not be the same again; it won’t be wrong to say that the opposition has been left out on a limb. Just like how tenacious he was in courtrooms, he was just as tenacious in overcoming his disability. when ridiculed by ableists in the parliament. Karpal Singh survived his first round of accident and perished in the second run, leaving Malaysians both humbled and devastated. Heartfelt condolences for the Tiger’s bereaved family.
Malaysia lost one of her greatest son today. He maybe gone but his legacy will live on. You have inspired two generations. Your service to the rakyat won’t go in vain. RIP YB Karpal Singh..