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by christopher tan
Public paying their last respect to Karpal at his home in Jalan Utama in Penang.
GEORGE TOWN: The time for public to pay their last respects at the funeral of Karpal Singh in Dewan Sri Pinang has been changed as the cortege will leave Karpal’s house in Jalan Utama on Sunday at 7.30am.
The cortege is expected to arrive at Dewan Sri Pinang at 7.45am, said Penang DAP chairman Chow Kon Yeow who is leading the Penang state honours committee.
The funeral to be conducted with Penang state honours will be opened to public from 8.30am to 10.15am.
"Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng is to deliver a eulogy after 10.15am.
"This is followed by the state government paying their last respect.
"After that, political parties and other associations will have their turn to pay their respect.
"Registration of associations who wanted to pay their last respect will be opened at the Dewan Sri Pinang from 8.30am to 9.30am on Sunday," Chow told a press conference on Saturday before inspecting the Dewan Sri Pinang.
Chow added that the route for the procession has also been changed.
Public are invited to join in the procession.
The cortege is to make a round at the Penang High Court and will make temporary stops at the Penang High Court and in Jalan Green Hall.
The cortege then will proceed to Pesara King Edwards before making a turn and stop in front of the State Assembly building in Lebuh Light.
"The cortege will then head towards St Xavier's Institution where a band and singing performance will be held.
"The procession will be on foot.
"After that, it will be by vehicle where the cortage will be using Penang Road before turning into Burma Road.
"The cortage will stop for a while at the Rangoon Road-Burma Road junction where the Penang DAP headquarters is located, " he said, adding that the cortage will be heading to Batu Gantung Crematorium via Pangkor Road after that.
Chow said that this is the first time the state has used the term 'state honours' to conduct a funeral.
"The term was created by the state. It is also something new for the state Protocol Unit.
"The family of Karpal did not ask for it. It was an honour given to them," Chow added.
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