But it was not meant to be as prominent politician and lawyer Karpal Singh s/o Ram Singh passed away in a road accident at KM306.1 of the North South Expressway near Gua Tempurung, Perak at about 1.10am.
His long-time assistant Michael Cornelius Selvam Vellu, who was in the Toyota Alphard also died, while Karpal's son Ramkarpal and the driver were injured.
Nicknamed the Tiger of Jelutong, Karpal, who was born in George Town, graduated with a law degree from the National University of Singapore. His political career began in 1970 when he joined DAP. Four years later he won a seat in the Kedah State Legislative Assembly.
He was then elected to Parliament in 1978 (Jelutong, Penang) and held the seat for more than 20 years.
Karpal was detained, along with several other opposition leaders, under the Internal Security Act during Ops Lalang in 1987 for "inciting racial tension". He was released for several hours in 1988 but rearrested and was in prison until 1989.
He was involved in an accident in 2005 which left him wheelchair-bound. But it did not stop him from continuing his legal and political careers.
He leaves behind his wife Gurmit Kaur, five children -- Jagdeep, Gobind, Ramkarpal, Sangeet Kaur and Man Karpal -- and four grandchildren.
HD says: You will be missed sir...