Karpal Singh: Will for justice

By Liew Chin Tong, Dato' Dr. Ooi Kee Beng, Photography Kwong Wah Yit Poh

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The funeral rites for Karpal Singh ended with family members scattering his ashes in the sea off Green Hall, Penang, but the national soul-searching to understand his legacy and to commemorate it has just begun.The massive outpouring of grief, especially at the funeral on April 20, 2014, for a statesman who had actually never held executive power was indeed unprecedented. Karpal’s legacies as a human rights lawyer and a staunch defender of constitutional democracy, and his leadership in DAP will...

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Liew Chin Tong

is a Senator and Member of Penang Institute’s Board of Directors.

Dato' Dr. Ooi Kee Beng

is the Executive Director of Penang Institute. His latest book is Signals in the Noise: Notes on Penang, Malaysia and the World (Singapore: Faction Press) Homepage: wikibeng.com.

Photography Kwong Wah Yit Poh