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Wednesday March 16, 2011

Karpal’s youngest brother dies at 58

GEORGE TOWN: DAP chairman Karpal Singh’s youngest brother Balwinder Singh died at the Penang Hospital at 10.25pm on Monday. He was 58.

Balwinder leaves behind wife, nurse Waldev Kaur, 55, and daughter Ashween Kaur, 14.

Karpal, 70, said Balwinder had been suffering from diabetes for almost 10 years. He was admitted to the hospital on Friday and placed on life support.

Karpal said the last time he saw Balwinder was lying unconscious at the hospital’s intensive care unit on Sunday.

“We last spoke three weeks ago, at the Gurdwara Sahib (Sikh temple). He seemed okay then. Nothing special was said, we only had a normal conversation. I never expected that it would be the last time we would meet.

“He was the pet of the family, being the youngest of seven boys and three girls,” said Karpal.

He said he received the news at 11.15pm on Monday when he was in Kuala Lumpur preparing for the following day’s hearing of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s sodomy trial. He returned to Penang immediately.

Balwinder worked as a court interpreter in various parts of the country, including Alor Setar, Ipoh and Johor Baru. His last posting was at the Penang High Court before he took optional retirement.

Among those who paid their respects at the Wadda Gurdwara Sahib in Jalan Gurdwara were Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, Deputy Chief Minister II Dr P. Ramasamy and state executive councillor Phee Boon Poh.

Karpal’s two eldest sons, Datuk Keramat assemblyman Jag­deep Singh Deo and Puchong MP Gobind Singh Deo, rushed from Kuala Lumpur yesterday morning. The cortege left at 2pm for the crematorium in Lorong Batu Lanchang.

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