OBITUARY The Tiger of Jelutong will roar no more as a sombre silence falls upon Malaysia at the death of a loved son.
News of the sudden tragic death of veteran DAP leader, parliamentarian and litigation lawyer Karpal Singh has sent shockwaves across the country and fans of the affable Karpal around the world into a state of mourning.
His admirers are found everywhere, those who respected and loved this rare individual and irreplaceable man, the true 'people's politician' and a lawyer for those with lost hope and a last resort for justice, who defended the underdogs and victims of injustice.
They all, friends and strangers alike, will be in silent grief and like I feel, a sense of loss and grieve with Karpal's family.
Who would have imagined a man who has saved so many lives from the gallows, from convicted drug offenders to a condemned 14-year-old Chinese boy convicted for possession of a firearm, who survived a car accident that confined him to a wheelchair since 2005, would succumb to a horrific vehicle collision on the North-South Expressway at 1.30am, while all of us were safe and sound asleep.
The man who took seven years to finish his law studies because he was 'playful' by his own admission, who showed early signs of political prowess while a student leader at the University of Singapore, leaves behind a gap that no one can fill.
Though dead, Karpal will still speak through the legacy he left behind...