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Memorial service for Karpal starts with a political message

The Nation/ANN | Friday, Apr 25, 2014

In loving memory: Gobind and Gurmit viewing a collage of Karpal’s photos at Wadda Gurdwara Sahib in Penang.

KUALA LUMPUR - The national memorial service for Karpal Singh kick-started on a political note with the DAP pledging to perform better in the next general election.

Despite the last-minute change of venue, the memorial was attended by 3,000 people at the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall yesterday.

DAP acting national chairman Tan Kok Wai said the fulfilment of the pledge would be a fitting tribute to Karpal's legacy.

"He (Karpal) was a towering Malaysian who has contributed immensely towards the country and his struggles should not go in vain," he said in his speech.

Tan said while the people remained in shock over his sudden death last week, the memorial and the overwhelming turnout gave everybody a reason to celebrate his extraordinary life.

Human rights lawyer and activist Malik Imtiaz Sarwar, who fondly called the prominent lawyer as "Uncle Karpal", said he cherished his years with Karpal and his children.

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