Wednesday, December 7

A loss to the nation


Karpal Singh’s wife Gurmit Kaur with an unidentified family member at the mortuary of Hospital Raja Permaisuri Bainun in Ipoh. Seen behind Gurmit is Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng. — Bernama photo

Former DAP chairman Karpal Singh killed in road crash in Perak

IPOH: Former DAP chairman and Bukit Gelugor MP Karpal Singh died in a road accident at Km306.1 of the North-South Expressway near Gua Tempurung in Kampar early yesterday, police said. He was 74.

Karpal Singh 1940 – 2014

Also killed in the 1.10am accident, involving an MPV and a lorry, was Karpal Singh’s personal assistant Michael Cornelius, in his 40s, said Kampar OCPD Supt Ng Kong Soon.

He said Karpal Singh and Cornelius died on the spot when the MPV they were travelling in was involved in a collision with a lorry moving slowly ahead of it at a hilly stretch of the highway.

Ng said Karpal Singh’s maid, an Indonesian woman, suffered serious injuries, including bleeding in the brain, while his son, Ramkarpal Singh, 38, and the driver of the MPV, C.Selvam, 27, were unhurt.

Lorry driver Abu Mansor Mohd, 45, from Petaling Jaya sustained minor injuries while two passengers, Nur Azlina Ahmad, 23, and a girl, Nurieman Diana Qhaleesha Abdullah, 4, were unhurt, added Ng.

“The MPV, a Toyota Alphard, carrying five passengers, including Karpal Singh, which was heading north, was believed to have lost control and hit the rear right end of the lorry which was moving slowly on the left lane,” Ng said when contacted.

He said Karpal was seated in the front passenger seat while Cornelius was seated behind him.

The five-tonne lorry was carrying a load of cement, steel and mosaic tiles, he said.

The MPV has 29 traffic speeding tickets, 15 of them have yet to be settled, he said, adding that the accident was being investigated under Section 41 (1) of the Road Transport Department 1987. The injured maid and the bodies of Karpal Singh and Cornelius were taken to the Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital here, he said.

Fire and Rescue Service personnel were on hand to provide assistance, he added. — Bernama