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Posthumous Malaysian public service award for Indian-origin lawyer-politician

Kuala Lumpur, June 30 (IANS): A prominent lawyer and politician of Indian-origin in Malaysia has been posthumously conferred with a prestigious public service award in recognition for his dedicated service to the nation over the past few decades, a media report said.

The special award was given by the Gandhi Memorial Trust of Malaysia to Karpal Singh's family members in Kuala Lumpur Monday.

Karpal Singh's daughter, Sangeet Kaur, in her speech, reminisced how he had fiercely protected the notion of equality, non-discrimination, democracy, and human rights, the Malay Mail online reported Monday.

Karpal Singh, known as the "Tiger of Jelutong", died in a car accident on the North-South Expressway in Perak state of Malaysia April 17 this year. He was 73.

Karpal, who was the member of parliament for the constituency of Bukit Gelugor in Malaysia, was one of the most influential lawyers in the country.

He was also the chairman of Democratic Action Party (DAP), which is one of the three main opposition parties in Malaysia.