GEORGE TOWN, Penang - Thousands of people are expected to send off former DAP chairman Karpal Singh at his funeral today.
A procession will take place to mark his final journey - a testimony of the impact left by the "Tiger of Jelutong".
The procession will make stops at places dear to Karpal - the Penang High Court, his office in Green Hall, the Penang state assembly building, his alma mater St Xavier's Institution (SXI) and state DAP party headquarters in Rangoon Road.
The hearse carrying Karpal's casket will then proceed to the Batu Gantong crematorium.
The SXI school band will play for its old boy as they lead the hearse.
Funeral Committee chairman Chow Kon Yeow said the public can pay their last respects at the funeral accorded with state honours at the Dewan Sri Pinang from 8.30am to 10.15am.
Penang Chief Minister and DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng will deliver the eulogy at 10.15am.
"The cortege will leave his home in Jalan Utama at 7.30am and is expected to reach Dewan Sri Pinang in 15 minutes," Chow said.
"The state government will pay its last respects after Lim delivers his eulogy. After that, political parties and other associations will have their turn," he said before inspecting Dewan Sri Pinang yesterday.
Chow said slight changes had been made to the procession route.
He said the cortege would circle and make a brief stop at the Penang High Court. Jalan Green Hall will be closed for duration.
"However, the public can join in the procession soon after the hearse passes by Dewan Sri Pinang and proceeds to Pesara King Edwards. It will then make a turn and stop in front of the State Assembly building in Lebuh Light.
"The cortege will head towards SXI where a band performance will be held," he said, adding that it would go through Penang Road before turning into Burma Road.
"It will stop briefly at the Rangoon Road-Burma Road junction near the state DAP headquarters, " he said.
Chow said this was the first time Penang had used the term "state honours" to conduct a funeral.
"The term is something new for the state Protocol Unit. Karpal's family did not ask for it. It was an honour given to them."
Some 1,000 cylists are also expected to take part in the procession from Jalan Tun Syed Sheh Barakbah to Lebuh Light and finally to SXI where the cortege will stop for three minutes in front of the school.
"Those wanting to take part are welcomed. They can also cycle to the Batu Gantong Crematorium but there will be no marshals around.
Acting state Public Order and Traffic chief Deputy Supt Abdul Rahim Md Din said policemen would maintain order.
The state flag was draped yesterday on Karpal's coffin by Lim and state exco members to honour his contributions to the nation.
This was part of the state honours accorded to him, besides flying the state flag at half-mast.
Chow said the flag would stay on the casket until the end of the funeral, adding that it would then be handed over to Karpal's family.