People’s silent voices cannot be ignored

Despite it being a working day, wet weather, the snarling traffic jam at 7.00pm and the lack of parking spaces, thousands of citizens made it a point to attend the Memorial Service held in honour of the late Yang Berhormat Karpal Singh at the Selangor Assembly Hall.

May 02, 2014

Dear Editor,
Despite it being a working day, wet weather, the snarling traffic jam at 7.00pm and the lack of parking spaces, thousands of citizens made it a point to attend the Memorial Service held in honour of the late Yang Berhormat Karpal Singh at the Selangor Assembly Hall.

Young and old of all races and of different faiths – all of them were not deterred by the last minute forced change of venue. With hardly any standing room in the cramped and overflowing Hall, not to mention the many more who were outside the Hall, thousands of Malaysians stood through the three and a half hours of ceremony to pay tribute to a politician, lawyer and legal service philanthropist.

It was amazing how the thousands of men and women stood shoulder to shoulder in the suffocating- cramped-beyond-capacity Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall, as they literally inched their way to the stage to place white carnations before the huge portrait of the late Karpal Singh.

And there were three words that erupted from the crowd that almost seemed like roaring thunder. BN needs to take notice of these words: Jangan main main; Bersih and Reformasi.

It is a pity that BN chooses to continue to ignore the ground sentiments at its own peril.

When the organizers decided to hold a Memorial Service in Kuala Lumpur in commemoration of this legendary legal wizard and roaring politician, it was planned for the citizens who were unable to be a part of the stream of mourners in Penang.

But alas it was seen as ‘politicizing’ by the late Karpal’s opponents. And so the permission to hold the Memorial Service at a larger and more comfortable venue was denied at the eleventh hour.

And that set the roar amongst those who braved the obstacles to come and pay their respects to a Malaysian who is their hero and icon of justice, democracy, human rights and professionalism.

That too BN messed up again. It failed to see the big picture of the people’s silent voices.

Indeed, what was most telling at the Memorial service was that the late Karpal is more than a legend. He is a living voice in the hearts of the people.

Even if BN hates to hear this, let truth be told. BN has messed up real big the huge public relations opportunity that Karpal Singh offered them through his untimely passing on. The people have more reasons now to believe BN’s opponents more than BN.

Perhaps this is in essence what truth is and how it manifests itself ultimately. In life Karpal put BN on the defensive. In death too he has made the situation even more vulnerable for BN.

J. D. Lovrenciear
Kuala Lumpur

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