On behalf of the staff of the U.S. Embassy in Malaysia, I would like to express our sorrow at the news of the passing of the Honorable Karpal Singh and his assistant Michael Cornelius Selvam Vellu. We extend heartfelt condolences to their families and friends. As a Member of Parliament for 30 years, chairman of the Democratic Action Party, and accomplished attorney, Karpal Singh contributed significantly to the strength of Malaysia’s democratic institutions. His courageous persistence in his professional and political endeavors was an inspiration to us all. His similarly tenacious commitment to upholding the rule of law and serving the people of Malaysia will be missed.