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Malaysian Opposition Figure Killed in Car Crash

Lai Seng Sin—AP In this April 28, 2008 file photo, Democratic Action Party Chairman Karpal Singh speaks during a press conference at Parliament House in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Karpal Singh, one of the leading lights of Malaysia's opposition movement, has died in an accident that also claimed the life of his personal assistant and left three others injured, two of them critically

A veteran Malaysian opposition politician was killed in an automobile accident Thursday while traveling with his son and two other passengers, according to Malaysia’s The Star. Karpal Singh, who was also a prominent lawyer, was 74.

Reports say that his personal assistant was also killed in the accident. Singh’s son, Ram, suffered minor injuries while the driver and another passenger are critically injured.

Karpal Singh began his political career with the opposition Democratic Action Party in 1978. He recently stepped down as chairman of the party because of sedition charges pending against him.

Singh survived another car crash in 2005 that left him paralyzed from the waist down.

Prime Minister Najib Razak expressed his condolences via Twitter.

Singh’s other son, Gobind Singh Deo, who was not traveling with the politician, also tweeted news of his father’s death.


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