Karpal Singh Dies
Former DAP chairman killed in a road accident this morning
Veteran DAP leader Karpal Singh was killed in a road accident in the early hours of this morning. His trusted assistant Michael was also killed in the accident. Three other occupants of the car, Karpal's son Ram Singh, the driver Selvam and the domestic helper were seriously injured.
The Star newspaper reports that the car they were in lost control after a collision with a five-tonne lorry on the North-South Expressway near Gua Tempurung, Kampar, Perak.
Police have confirmed that he died on the spot.
Karpal was a much-loved but highly contentious figure in the Malaysian political landscape. His career in politics began in 1970 when he joined the DAP. Four years later the firebrand lawyer won a seat in the Kedah State Legislative Assembly. In 1978 he was elected to Parliament as the representative for Jelutong, Penang, a seat which he held for over 20 years before losing it 1999.
A car accident in 2005 left Karpal paralysed and wheel-chair bound but that didn’t stop the former DAP leader from leading the party to its strongest ever performance in the 2008 general election.
Politicians from both sides of the divide have been quick to convey their condolences on social media.
Prime Minister Najib Razak tweeted, "I have just landed at Ankara when I heard the news that YB Karpal Singh died in a road accident. My condolences to the family."
Karpal leaves behind a wife, five children and four grandchildren. Rest in peace, Tiger of Jelutong.