School hall denied for Karpal's memorial service

School hall denied for Karpal's memorial service

PETALING JAYA - DAP is upset that their request to use the SRJK (C) Chung Kwo hall for the national memorial service for Karpal Singh was rejected at the last minute after an intervention by the Education Ministry.

DAP acting national chairman Tan Kok Wai expressed disappointment at the rejection - which came at the 11th hour - by the school authorities who were told not to allow DAP to use its hall for the service.

"We were told this morning (Wednesday) by a school official that the school hall could not be used for the service.

"This was because they received a call from an Education Ministry official, requesting them not to allow it as the event was a political one," an emotional Tan said here yesterday.

He questioned the ministry's involvement in the matter as the school hall, which was built via public donations, was previously used by DAP for events without problems.

Tan said the party had no choice but to make arrangements for the memorial to be held at the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall, set for 8pm tonight.

On a separate issue, Tan was evasive when asked about the likely candidate to stand in the Bukit Gelugor parliamentary by-election.

"There has been no discussions on this yet. Let the EC decide on the date (of the by-election) first," Tan said.

He was asked to comment if DAP is considering fielding Karpal's eldest son Jagdeep Singh Deo following speculations that the Datuk Keramat state assemblyman was among the likely candidates for the contest.

His brother, Ramkarpal Singh Deo, is also said to be among those tipped to be fielded.

DAP will hold a series of memorial events in honour of Karpal beginning tonight.

Karpal's son and Puchong MP Gobind Singh Deo would be on hand to speak to the crowd.

State memorials will be held tomorrow in Ipoh at the Kinta Riverfront Hotel, Johor (April 27), Malacca (April 30) and Negri Sembilan (May 2).

Meanwhile, in Ipoh, Karpal Indonesian maid Selfiana Rengga, 26, has undergone a successful operation to remove glass shards from her eyes.

As she had just woken up from a coma recently, police are unable to take initial statements from her concerning the fatal accident that claimed Karpal's life, as well as his assistant Michael Cornelius, Kampar OCPD Supt Ng Kong Soon said.

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