48 hours ago, I began to write my post about my experiences watching the movie The Grand Budapest Hotel. I was writing in the middle of the night again, my forbidden, yet ironically my most productive hours when I stopped, saved the draft at around 0100 and went to sleep.
As I woke up in the morning, my phone was flashing about DAP’s Karpal Singh’s -the Tiger Of Jelutong- death. He was killed in an accident on the PLUS highway near Gua Tempurung, Ipoh in a well known accident-prone area.
Despite him hailing from a political party which is an anathema to many -yours truly included- I must say that with his exit from this world, is a great loss to the country and Malaysia is much poorer due to it.
We may not liked or agreed with many of the things he said -I certainly didn’t- but it can’t be denied that Karpal belongs in a different class of politicians compared to most of what we have now.
Most of what he spoke, he spoke because he truly believed in it and not because he was trying to score political points. Who can forget his video about him asking Anwar Ibrahim to bertaubat? (Note : I’ve tried to find the original video on YouTube but I’m still unable to locate it. Just ones of Karpal saying “Anwar Ibrahim harus bertaubat” repeatedly are available.) This is Anwar Ibrahim we’re talking about. One whose ego knows no end.
When generations to come look back on this time in the history of the country, they will see him as one of the truly great Malaysians, a legend, even eclipsing that of his long time comrade Lim Kit Siang. Love him or hate him, we will forever admire his principals and wish for more Malaysian politicians to be at least a bit like him.
Thank you and farewell Karpal Singh.
To your family, this is dedicated by me to you :
With his passing, one cannot help worry for Malaysia. With the inevitable passage of time, the Old Guard are slowly but surely slipping away. Since the past decade we have already lost the likes of Tun Lim Keng Yaik, Tun Ghafar Baba and now Karpal. The generation that witnessed and helped pull Malaysia from an agricultural 19th century society into a modern technological 20th century one -be it in the ruling government or in the opposition- is slowly slipping away.
At least Tun Dr. Mahathir and Tun Daim Zainuddin are still with us for now. Former Kelantan Menteri Besar Dato’ Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat is ill with pancreatic cancer. I fear for Malaysia when they leave.
The current generation of politicians from both the Barisan Nasional and the Pakatan Rakyat don’t give us much hope. They certainly don’t have the finesse, the class or the intellect that many of our politicians of old possess.
There is no inspiration, no energy from them. I’ve noticed this many years ago and wrote about this in a previous post which I’ve since removed due to my blog reset. Things are no better now.
Let’s take heed Malaysians. Some may have failed Malaysia but let’s not be one of them. Malaysia is our one and only country. Let’s step up.
Karpal Singh has been infamously attributed to have said “Malaysia is an Islamic state over my dead body”.
This alleged statement of his has been used time and time again to attack Karpal politically.
However, I’ve heard two version regarding this. One is the above-mentioned while the other version was him saying/meaning/implying that “Malaysia can be considered to be an Islamic state over my dead body” with the intention that based on the current administration and legal system of this country, the country is considered a secular state and that if it was to be considered an Islamic state, it would be over his dead body.
The bad choice of words on Karpal’s part aside, I take the belief that the real version is the latter one. Karpal may be many things but one of them that he certainly is not is stupid.
And more so since he is now no more with us, let’s do the Islamic thing and bersangka baik regarding this issue. Karpal Singh is no Teresa Kok, Hannah Yeoh or even Lim Kit Siang. He is in a different class altogether. That is something that all Malaysians should never forget.