An inspiring teacher and friend

CHELSEA L.Y. NG shares her memories of lawyer and politician Karpal Singh whom she regarded as a teacher and friend.

I MET him on my first day of work as a court reporter at the old and dila­pidated Jalan Duta courthouse in 1994. I did not know who he was. I only knew that he was defending a man charged with stealing a Ruler’s golden belt.

He was patient with me, taking time off from his schedule to explain what was “charge sheet”, “fact sheet” and other court jargon such as “part-heard”, “exhibit” and “for mention” to me.

Much later, I was assigned to co­­ver a molest ca…
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