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Thousands bid farewell on Malaysian veteran politician Karpal Singh's final journey

Published on Apr 20, 2014 2:14 PM
Members of the public paying their last respects to Mr Karpal Singh on Sunday morning. -- PHOTO: THE STAR  

GEORGE TOWN (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Thousands of people lined the streets of Penang on Sunday to send off the hearse carrying Malaysian veteran lawyer and politician Karpal Singh on his last journey.

The casket, bearing the body of the "Tiger of Jelutong", was draped with a carpet bearing an image of a Tiger before it was carried out from the Dewan Sri Pinang.

Shouts of "Karpal Singh" from the public could be heard outside the building before a grand funeral procession took place.

The procession also made stops at several places dear to Mr Karpal - the Penang High Court, his office in Green Hall, the Penang state assembly building, his alma mater St Xavier's Institution and state Democratic Action Party (DAP) headquarters in Rangoon Road - before making its way to the Batu Gantong Crematorium.

Earlier, DAP and Pakatan Rakyat leaders and other representatives of various associations and guilds paid their last respects to Mr Karpal.

Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng in his eulogy said the state government mourned Mr Karpal's untimely and unexpected passing.

Mr Lim said the state government honoured Mr Karpal by celebrating his accomplishments and realising his aspirations for justice, integrity and freedom.

Mr Karpal, 73, died in a car crash on Thursday.