Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town On 21.4.2014.
The Penang state government wishes to thank the 25,000 Malaysians and Penangites who turned up to pay their last respects during the public funeral of DAP National Chairman and MP for Bukit Glugor Karpal Singh organized by the state government at Dewan Sri Pinang yesterday. The mammoth crowd was unexpected. We wish to apologise to all who came from far and near but did not have the opportunity to pay their last respects to Karpal Singh at Dewan Sri Pinang.
We hope that the public can forgive and overlook any shortcomings during the public funeral. The police did not turn up as planned to conduct crowd control outside Dewan Sri Pinang. The state government would conduct a post-mortem to determine the reasons behind the police not turning up as planned and work towards overcoming the weaknesses that may have caused any inconvenience to the public.
We also wish to thank the 3,000 motorcyclists who came on their own accord without any prior arrangement to accompany the hearse to the crematorium in Batu Gantong. This spontaneous send-off by the 3,000 motorcyclists, mostly from the working class, would be most meaningful to Karpal as it showed the affection for Karpal that ordinary Malaysians held in their hearts.
This public funeral by the Penang state government is probably the largest in Penang’s history because the people of Penang and Malaysia made it so. Your presence yesterday has shown that there is a “tiger” like Karpal lurking in each and every one of us.
Let us fearlessly follow Karpal in fighting for justice and rule of law as the bedrock of prosperity of our nation and economy. Lest we forget, upholding the rule of law in Penang is one of the principal reasons that has gained foreign investor’s confidence, as evidenced by Penang recording the highest foreign direct investment in Malaysia from 2010 to August 2013.
Let us show the same courage as Karpal in not only doing the right thing but doing it right. Whether young or old, we best remember Karpal by moving forward to ensure that no one can steal our children’s future.
LIM GUAN ENG
—–Mandarin Version —