Penang to give Karpal state-level funeral

Lim Guan Eng and Karpal's son Gobind Singh Deo shed a tear together.

GEORGE TOWN - The funeral of Karpal Singh will be conducted with Penang state honours.

An emergency state exco meeting decided that the state flag would be flown at half-mast until Karpal's funeral on Sunday, said Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng.

The ceremony, open to the public, will be held at the Dewan Sri Pinang in Light Street on Sunday from 9am to 11pm, and his casket will be draped with the Penang flag.

"Karpal's departure will an immense void, not only in his family's lives, but also in those of all Malaysians who have been inspired by his cause.

"With his passing, the DAP has lost an upstanding and outstanding leader, the nation lost a brilliant legal mind and the people a fearless 'tiger' with an indomitable spirit who stood up for the poor, weak, defenseless and dispossessed.

"He will forever be remembered as a Malaysian patriot who stood valiantly for justice, integrity and freedom without fear or favour," Lim said.

Lim, who is also DAP secretary-general, said the party would postpone all party events and functions nationwide to a date after the funeral as a mark of respect.

We have also established the national funeral committee headed by acting national DAP chairman Tan Kok Wai at the national level, while Penang DAP chairman Chow Kon Yeow shall lead the Penang state funeral committee.

The wake is currently being held at Karpal's residence in 144A, Jalan Utama, beginning 3pm Thursday.

His cortege will leave for Dewan Sri Pinang on Sunday for the state-level funeral before cremation at the Batu Gantong crematorium.

Karpal's ashes will be scattered in the sea on Monday morning.