GEORGE TOWN - Scores of national leaders and politicians turned up at late DAP leader Karpal Singh's residence in Jalan Utama here to pay their last respects.
They were seen giving words of comfort and encouragement to the former DAP chairman's grieving family members.
Among the first to arrive yesterday was Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Nancy Shukri.
"I respected Karpal for being such a professional lawyer and politician," she said yesterday.
Representing MCA in paying the party's last respects was Penang MCA liaison committee chairman Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun.
She said Karpal's passing was a great loss to the nation and hoped that his family would be strong.
Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim said the country had lost a good man who upheld the law to achieve justice and fairness for all in the country.
Former Malaysian Bar Council chairman Datuk Param Cumaraswamy said Karpal's death was a great loss to the nation.
"I have known Karpal since the day he was admitted to the Malaysian Bar.
"He was so much entrenched into the finer qualities of the Bar to the point that senior judges before whom he appeared, used to commend highly about his conduct," he said, adding that it would be difficult to find a replacement for the late Bukit Gelugor MP.
Param also mentioned that Karpal had once told him that his first love was law while politics was always secondary.
Former MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu described Karpal as a people-centric person and perfectionist.
"He was 74 but he worked like a young man, day and night, all with the people's interests and betterment in mind. He was a man of action and trustworthy.
"Everything he did, he did it with perfection," he said before paying his last respects to Karpal at his wake yesterday.
The La Salle schools mourned the untimely passing of one of its most illustrious sons.
Despite rising to become a prominent public figure, Karpal had never forgotten his roots and had frequently participated in events involving his alma mater and donated to its causes, said St Xavier's Institution board of governors chairman Dr Francis Loh Kok Wah.
Karpal had attended the St Xavier's primary and secondary schools from 1948 to 1960 before reading law at the University of Singapore.
"No doubt, he imbibed many La Salle values, not least our special concern for 'the last, the lost and the least'.
"May our students and all young Malaysians learn from Karpal's love, service and dedication to his nation, Malaysia, and to people of all faiths and races," Loh said in a statement.