Sorrowful: People paying their last respects to Karpal at the wake.
PETALING JAYA: Their feud was bitter and well-publicised, threatening to get out of hand in Penang at one stage.
But Penang Deputy Chief Minister II Dr P. Ramasamy says he respected DAP chairman Karpal Singh for being “prepared to face the odds”.
“There will be differences in any party but our relationship was cordial. I last met him at a party function recently,” said Dr Ramasamy, who paid his last respects to the DAP chairman at the latter’s residence in Penang yesterday.
Dr Ramasamy was embroiled in a feud with Karpal after the former was alleged to have named three others and himself as DAP candidates for the 2013 general election.
“Yes, at times he was controversial but he was a straightforward person who was bold and prepared to face the odds.
“He was one of DAP’s most significant leaders. We will miss him, the country will too,” said Dr Ramasamy, who will attend Karpal’s funeral tomorrow.
Former Prime Minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and former Penang Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon also paid tribute to Karpal.
Abdullah said Karpal’s death was untimely and a loss to the country.
“We are poorer for the loss of a great legal mind, and a crusader for justice and human rights,” he said.
Dr Koh, expressing his condolences to Karpal’s family in a statement yesterday, said he was shocked and saddened by the DAP leader’s sudden demise. Dr Koh is currently overseas.
Malaysian Associated Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry president Tan Sri K.K. Eswaran said he was saddened as Malaysia had lost a spirited leader.
“The Tiger of Jelutong was truly Malaysian in his dedication to make Malaysia better. Malaysians will never forget him,” Eswaran said.
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