PETALING JAYA - Karpal Singh, who died in a road accident along the North-South Expressway near Gua Tempurung, Kampar, had insisted on travelling by car at night to Penang so that he could prepare for a court case later in the day.
His son, Puchong MP Gobind Singh Deo, 41, said Karpal who left here late on Wednesday night wanted to be in Penang, his home state, by morning.
He said he last saw his 74-year-old father at Pantai Hospital in Bangsar (Kuala Lumpur) recently when he was admitted for a medical treatment.
"We spoke for a while and he said many things before adding that we should talk further later," said Gobind, who rushed from Kuala Lumpur to Kampar with his wife, Sangeeta Kaur Sidhu, when they heard about the accident at 2.15am yesterday.
Also killed in the 1.10am accident, involving Karpal's MPV and a lorry, was the veteran politician's personal assistant Michael Cornelius, 39. Karpal's son Ramkarpal Singh, 38, and his driver C. Selvam, 27, were unhurt. His Indonesian maid suffered serious injuries.
It was a highly emotional scene at the Kampar Hospital mortuary as family members of the late Bukit Gelugor MP arrived.
His wife, Gurmit Kaur, was inconsolable, wailing: "Why, why?"
Gobind, who was holding his mother all the way to the mortuary, also broke down.
They arrived at the hospital at 5.15am.
Karpal's only daughter, Sangeet Kaur Deo, was inconsolable. Her other brother, Jagdeep Singh Deo, the eldest in the family, was nearby.
At the Karpal Singh & Company law office in Pudu Road, Kuala Lumpur, it was a sombre day.
Secretary at the office, Che Farida Hj Abu, said she was shocked by Karpal's sudden death.
"We'll have to discuss with Karpal's sons to see what happens next for the office but in the mean time, we continue to work hard," she said.
General clerk Reena Kaur said she was in disbelief when she received the news soon after the fatal car accident.
"He was a great man, I love him as a boss. I cannot imagine this place running without him," she said.