Malaysian Democratic Action Party leader and assistant killed in collision with lorry
Malaysian Democratic Action Party leader Karpal Singh and his assistant were killed in a car crash on the North-South Highway near Gopeng, Perak on Thursday early morning.
Malaysian Democratic Action Party leader Karpal Singh and his assistant were killed in a car crash on the North-South Highway near Gopeng, Perak early Thursday morning.
They were driving in a Toyota Alphard from Kuala Lumpur to Penang to attend a court hearing. According to local reports, his son Ramkarpal and a driver were also in the car.
The Free Malaysia Today reported that Singh’s maid was also in the vehicle.
At around 1:30 a.m., the driver is believed to have collided with a lorry carrying a load of cement, steel and mosaic tiles, the Free Malaysia Today reported.
Singh and his assistant died on the spot, Singh’s son suffered slight injuries while the driver is in critical condition.
According to the Free Malaysia Today, the woman traveling with the group is also in serious condition.
Singh’s death was confirmed at about 3.30am by one of his sons, Gobind Singh Deo, on Twitter.
His body was taken to the Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital in Ipoh, the capital city of Perak state.
Singh was involved in another car accident in 2005, which left him paralysed and wheelchair bound.
Singh was a veteran DAP politician and a prominent lawyer in Malaysia. He ran for Parliament in the 1978 general election and won the federal seat for Jelutong. After holding it for five terms, he was given the moniker, the “Tiger of Jelutong,” the Malay Mail Online reported.
He leaves a wife and five children behind.
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