Karpal Singh - The Tiger of Jelutong
Today is a sad day, because one of the most respected figures in the Malaysia’s politic scene had passed away…Karpal Singh, also known to many as the “Tiger of Jelutong” had passed away. He was one of the nation’s most illustrious heroes.
|Karpal Singh, may he RIP|
This man was one of the country’s most prominent lawyers. He took up his law education at the University of Singapore.
Karpal’s political career began when he joined DAP in 1970. He won a seat in the Kedah State Legislative Assembly in 1974. He was first elected to parliament in 1978 as the representative for Jelutong, Penang, (and thus the nickname: The Tiger of Jelutong) and held the seat for more than 20 years until losing it in 1999. He returned to parliament in the next general election, and led the DAP to its strongest ever performance in the 2008 general election.
A motor vehicle accident in 2005 left Karpal using a wheelchair and with neuromotor problems in his right arm. Despite this, he continued his legal and political careers. And as faith has it her way, Karpal Singh passed away on 17/04/2014, after being involved in another motor vehicle accident.
While Karpal Singh might have been a controversial figure in the political scene, he was a man true to his word. He’s one of those people that say what they mean and do it. A man that is vocal about his belief and stand strong against injustice as he believe it. There may be many who disagreed with him on some of his stand, but all of us will agree that he is a man that stand firm on his word. An inspiration to many...a rare genuine political figure in the country. May he rest in peace!
Here are some of the tributes from other leaders to Karpal Singh:
PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang expressed his condolences on the passing of Karpal Singh, referring him as a DAP stalwart who was "a courageous leader who never stopped fighting for justice."
"Indeed, words cannot express enough my profound sadness at the passing away of my brother-in-arms for freedom and democracy, an inspiring symbol for the struggle against oppression and injustice and a man of unimpeachable moral integrity," -ANWAR IBRAHIM-
Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said Karpal represented a simple virtue of justice, for democracy, integrity, honesty and decency."Karpal was loved by the people. He was willing to fight the impossible for the voiceless, the defenseless and the poor.
Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim tweeted that it was a sad news for the nation. "The country has lost a noted political figure and a competent lawyer. My condolences to the family of the late Karpal Singh," he said.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak got the news after he landed in Turkey and expressed his condolences to the family. "I have just landed at Ankara when I heard the news that YB Karpal Singh died in a road accident. My condolences to the family," he tweeted.