Selangor assembly in minute’s silence for Karpal Singh

April 17, 2014

SHAH ALAM, April 17 — Selangor lawmakers paid their respects today to DAP veteran lawmaker Karpal Singh by observing a minute of silence to mark his death from a fatal crash this morning.

At the beginning of today’s state assembly sitting, Selangor Speaker Hannah Yeoh spoke of the shock that Malaysians felt on learning of the 73-year-old’s death in a car accident along the North-South Highway near Gopeng, Perak.

“Early this morning, the people of Malaysia were shocked with news of the fatal accident that took the life of the Bukit Gelugor MP and DAP leader that we love and respect, the late YB Karpal Singh and his assistant.

“I’m sure many others will pay their respects to him in the days to come. Therefore, following this shocking news, I humbly ask that the House allocate one minute to meditate to pay respects to him,” the Selangor DAP vice-chairman said in a voice that almost broke, with the House then rising from their seats and standing silently for one minute.

Karpal and long-serving aide, Michael Cornelius Selvam Vellu, were killed when the vehicle he was travelling in rammed into the back of a lorry near Gopeng along the North-South Expressway at 1.10am.

Karpal leaves behind a wife, five children and four grandchildren.
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