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Kit Siang and DAP leaders paying their last respects at Karpal's house
Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng relates how the news of Karpal Singh's death dealt a blow to him.
‘As I sit here at my home in Penang at 4am in the morning of April 17, waiting for my driver to come and pick me up to go to Ipoh Hospital, I felt numbed by the shocking news relayed to my wife Betty through my sister Hui Ying an hour earlier.
A true friend in our darkest days whether in the depths of prison cells or the abyss of electoral defeat had departed. A loving father and an even more loving husband had suddenly passed away on the early hours of this terrible rainy 17th April 2014.
As the messages and tweets on the handphone flashed back and forth scattering my thoughts everywhere, I could not find the words to describe my acute sense of loss.
DAP leaders are shaken because it was so sudden and unexpected. Karpal left before his time when he still had so much to contribute.
I will miss hearing the cheer in Karpal’s voice, the optimism that comes from doing the right thing and the fighting spirit no matter highly impossible the odds. But I can still hear Karpal’s voice – undaunted and forthright with a deep sense of humanity.
Karpal was one of those rare voices who spoke his mind, respected by friend and foe alike and completely fearless.
He said defeat is merely a test of your mettle to see how quickly you bounce back.
Even when his body failed him after the 2005 traffic accident outside his house in Penang, he refused to bow out. He did not allow his wheelchair bound body to still his voice but focused his brilliant legal mind totally on improving the law and righting wrongs.
We had bonded in Kamunting Detention Camp and the years after as only comrades in adversity could. I learnt from him, was guided by his wisdom and refreshed by his iron will and spirit.
We shared the same travails, whether persecuted or prosecuted under the ISA detention without trial or Sedition Act. And indeed it only made us stronger and more determined.
He shared his passion for DAP and his open brotherhood with my father Kit Siang as well as his comradeship with Sdr Dr Chen Man Hin, the late Sdr P.Patto and Dato Chian Heng Kai.
His belief and trust in Kit Siang and faith with Sdr Dr Chen was the bedrock which the party pulled itself up and built upon the ashes of defeat.
This trinity of Kit, Karpal and Chen in the DAP would never yield and submit to a corrupt and authoritarian regime. They were all prepared to be broken as men with honour, who preferred to live by dying on their feet rather than survive on bended knees.
I will miss you Karpal. I am honoured to be your associate. Malaysians will miss Karpal too and salute a towering Malaysian patriot who made every citizen proud of his country and gave hope to the dispossessed, weak, defenceless, poor and voiceless.
Your greatest legacy is not the honours bestowed by leaders or tributes by famous personalities overseas or locally. What moves us are the tears shed by the many ordinary Malaysian who do not know you and whom you never met but yet are touched by the sacrifices you have made.
Rest In Peace – you deserve to after all you have done for the party, nation and people. ’
LIM GUAN ENG
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