Several journalists today recalled fond memories of having covered numerous court cases and interviews centring round the late Bukit Gelugor Member of Parliament Karpal Singh.
V. Anbalagan, a senior journalist who has been covering the court circuit, cited Karpal as a “walking library” who had an in-depth knowledge of the law at his fingertips.
“He could recite the law like a mantra.
“His career was the pulse of his life and he was the man to tell you what constitutional law and criminal law is all about,” Anbalagan told The Rakyat Post today.
Anbalagan said Karpal went the extra mile for anyone, even for journalists.
“He knew how to make journalists happy.
“He had fought for reporters, but never fought with reporters,” Anbalagan said, recalling an incident where Karpal had intervened in his (Anbalagan’s) former employer, over a disagreement.
“Karpal also never took things to heart. A forgiving man he was.”
Lakshmi Natarajan, dubbed as the “doyenne” of law reporting, also shared her memories of the late Karpal.
“He was not only a bold politician, but also a great lawyer, a good friend and a kind person who was always helpful.
“He was fearless in pointing out the flaws in the law,” Lakshmi said, adding that Karpal’s submissions in court were always precise.
“His demise is a great loss to the legal fraternity and the country.”
Regina Lee, another seasoned journalist, said that she was shell-shocked upon hearing news of Karpal’s death.