Friday, 1 August 2014
Celebrating the life of the Tiger of Jelutong
It was quite an interesting evening that I had last night. I was attending the book launch of Tim Donoghue's updated biographical work on the late lawyer and parliamentarian, Karpal Singh, at the Wawasan Open University in Northam Road, Penang.
As the book went on sale in the foyer before the programme started, three of Karpal's most prominent sons, all lawyers and law-makers in their own right, were mingling with the crowd of about two to three hundred people. Although they tried to keep a low key, seeing that the evening actually belonged to Donoghue, they ended up autographing the book on their father.
The book launch started with addresses by Steven Sim, member of parliament for the Bukit Mertajam constituency, and Anwar Fazal, chairman of Think City, before Jagdeep Singh, Penang state executive councillor, spoke. And at the very end, there was a panel discussion led by Liew Chin Tong and Ramkarpal Singh.
All in, there were valuable insights and reminiscences into Karpal Singh, the man and the legend. His image will continue to loom large and cast a shadow on the Malaysian political scene. Definitely, the book will keep me well occupied for the next few days....