Malaysia PM Najib shocked by news of Karpal Singh's death

Malaysian opposition veteran and lawyer Karpal Singh (centre) leaves a court room on his wheel chair in Kuala Lumpur on March 17, 2008. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP 
Malaysian opposition veteran and lawyer Karpal Singh (centre) leaves a court room on his wheel chair in Kuala Lumpur on March 17, 2008. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP 
Lawyer Karpal Singh (left) with Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim at a cafeteria in Kuala Lumpur during a break on Anwar's ongoing sodomy trial on Aug 9, 2010. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP
Lawyer Karpal Singh (left) with Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim at a cafeteria in Kuala Lumpur during a break on Anwar's ongoing sodomy trial on Aug 9, 2010. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP
Malaysian member of Parliament and veteran Democratic Action Party leader Karpal Singh's Toyota Alphard involved in an accident early on April 17, 2014. -- PHOTO: THE STAR PUBLICATION
Malaysian member of Parliament and veteran Democratic Action Party leader Karpal Singh's Toyota Alphard involved in an accident early on April 17, 2014. -- PHOTO: THE STAR PUBLICATION
Malaysian member of Parliament and veteran Democratic Action Party leader Karpal Singh's Toyota Alphard involved in an accident early on April 17, 2014. -- PHOTO: THE STAR PUBLICATION
Malaysian member of Parliament and veteran Democratic Action Party leader Karpal Singh's Toyota Alphard involved in an accident early on April 17, 2014. -- PHOTO: THE STAR PUBLICATION
Nicknamed the ''Tiger of Jelutong'' for his fiery speeches, DAP national chairman Karpal Singh is one Malaysia’s most prominent opposition leaders. -- FILE PHOTO: THE STAR
Nicknamed the ''Tiger of Jelutong'' for his fiery speeches, DAP national chairman Karpal Singh is one Malaysia’s most prominent opposition leaders. -- FILE PHOTO: THE STAR
Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak said he was shocked by the death of veteran opposition politician Karpal Singh. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak said he was shocked by the death of veteran opposition politician Karpal Singh. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak said he was shocked by the death of veteran opposition politician Karpal Singh.

"I am shocked to hear of Karpal Singh's tragic passing," Mr Najib said in a statement issued by his office.

"In a career that spanned five decades, Karpal's abilities made him a formidable opponent.

"In politics, he was an implacable leader; in law, a committed advocate," Mr Najib said.

"At this difficult time, our thoughts are with the families of those who have died in the accident. I extend my deepest condolences to them. We pray that the other passengers make a full recovery," the statement added.

Earlier, Mr Najib expressed his condolences to Mr Karpal's family via Twitter from Turkey.

"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," he tweeted.

Mr Karpal, 73, Member of Parliament for Bukit Gelugor and veteran Democratic Action Party (DAP) leader, died in an accident on the North-South Highway near Gua Tempurung, Perak, early on Thursday morning.

The prominent lawyer and his assistant C. Michael died at the scene. Mr Karpal's son Ramkarpal and the car's driver C. Selvam were injured in the incident, which took place at 1am.