GEORGE TOWN: The Penang government will attempt to determine why the police did not turn up during the funeral of Karpal Singh.
"The state would conduct a post-mortem to determine the reasons on why the police did not turn up as planned and work towards overcoming the weaknesses that may have cause any inconvenience to the public," state Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said.
"We hope the public can forgive and overlook any shortcomings during the funeral," Lim said in a statement Monday, adding that the mammoth crowd was unexpected.
"We wish to apologise to all who came from far and near but did not have the opportunity to pay their last respects to Karpal Singh at Dewan Sri Pinang.
"We thank the 25,000 Malaysians who attended the funeral and 3,000 motorcyclists who came on their own accord without any prior arrangement to accompany the hearse to the crematorium in Batu Gantong.
"The public funeral by the state government is probably the largest in Penang’s history because the people of Penang and Malaysia made it so.
"Let us fearlessly follow Karpal in fighting for justice and rule of law as the bedrock of prosperity of our nation and economy," Lim said.
Lim also urged the people to move forward and not only do the right thing but to do it right.
Karpal, the veteran DAP leader and Bukit Gelugor MP passed away in a road accident Thursday.
He was accorded a funeral with state honours by the Penang government.
Also killed in the incident was his long-time aide, Michael Cornelius.