The family of the late YB Karpal Singh.
Dear Mrs. Karpal and children,
I am deeply saddened by the tragic demise of YB Karpal Singh.
I had known Karpal from the seventies. We shared a number of common
concerns and causes in the eighties. We were both detained at the same time
under the ISA in October 1987.
When I was in politics from 1999 to 2001 we worked together for a common
I shall always remember with gratitude Karpal's defence of me in a contempt
of court trial in 2000. I was acquitted. Karpal provided his service
Following his car accident in 2005 which left him paralysed, my wife and I
visited him at the University of Malaya Hospital where he was undergoing
There was no interaction between us after that. The only time I "heard"
from him was a few days before the 2008 General Election when he used a
derogatory term in Malay to attack me for my criticism of Anwar Ibrahim.I did
Though on matters pertaining to ethnic relations and national integration,
our views were diametrically different, I appreciate Karpal's courageous stand
on certain issues pertaining to governance and the rule of law.
My deepest condolences to you, his devoted family.
May God grant you the spiritual strength and fortitude to bear the burden
of your immense loss.
MH 370 tragedy has brought Malaysians of all ethnic backgrounds together in
sadness --- and in anxiety. Though the feelings generated by tragedies of this
kind are often ephemeral, they have an impact upon the soul of the nation.
370 is part of our collective consciousness today. It will be etched forever on
our collective memory.
38 Malaysian passengers on board MH 370 come from different religious and cultural
communities. The rest of the passengers are of different nationalities, a majority
of whom are from China.
The 12 member Malaysian crew of MH 370 is also