A piece I wrote in Aliran as a tribute to the late Karpal Singh:
The unexpected passing of Karpal Singh, the legendary lawyer and politician, have left a void in Malaysia. Karpal, also known by his moniker ‘The Tiger of Jelutong’, was in the forefront of many battles in Parliament and the courts in the quest to bring about a better Malaysia for all.
Guided by principles of justice and truth, Karpal the lawyer was in the forefront of the struggle to safeguard the constitutional rights of all Malaysians. His clients ranged from his one time political foe Anwar Ibrahim to a teenager sentenced to death for possessing firearms in a politically explosive case.
Karpal also contributed to the nation-building process as a politician. His efforts provided the necessary checks and balances while deepening the democratic process in the country.
Indeed so great were his contributions to the nation that people from all walks of life paid tribute, either through articles or paying last respect at his funeral, to the man who have touched their lives in some ways.
In his own words, the Tiger of Jelutong gave us a clue as to the legacy which he wishes to leave behind, “The fight goes on. You knock out one Karpal Singh, a hundred Karpal Singhs will rise.” The Tiger roars no more but let a hundred tigers roar!