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Karpal, my hometown hero

The maverick lawyer took on the role of Big Brother to local journalists, protecting us from powerful local figures who tried to intimidate us.

I FIRST heard about Karpal Singh when I was still in school in Penang. It was around the time Star Wars hit the cinemas in the late 1970s.

Karpal Singh had just saved a 14-year-old Chinese schoolboy from the gallows and it was the talk of the town then.

The maverick lawyer became a local hero of sorts after he managed to persuade the King to pardon the boy who had received a death sentence for firearm possession.

Shortly after, Karpal agai…
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