MH17: Karamjit Singh - Ever ready to lend a helping hand

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  • Friday, 22 Aug 2014

Harbinder places flowers on Karamjit's coffin with (from left) Malvinder, Amarpal and Dr Rajindra looking on.

SHAH ALAM: He was a humble man known for his “no problem” answer. That is how family and friends described 54-year-old Karamjit Singh.

His 22-year-old son, Amarpal Singh, said his father was a simple and helpful man who often said “no problem” when he was asked for help.

“He taught me the lesson of humility and I saw the God in him. We have all seen what he has done and we will continue his legacy,” said a calm Amarpal when met at the Nirvana Memorial Park here.

Over 100 family and friends had gathered at the crematorium centre to give Karamjit his final send off.

Karamjit was among 20 victims of MH17 whose remains arrived at KLIA earlier.

His wife Harbinder Kaur, 52, fought hard to hold back her tears, holding on tightly to her two sons, Amarpal and Melvinderjit Singh.

Karamjit’s childhood friend, Kulvinder Singh, 50, said Karamjit was very active in organising yearly national-level camps for Sikh youths in the past decade.

He would often call from Nigeria, where he worked, to ask about the preparations of the camps, he said.

Kulvinder said during the camps, Karamjit would be the first to wake up at 2.30am and prepare tea and hot water for the camp participants.

“At night when everyone slept, he would wash the toilets. That is the side of Karamjit that people do not know. He is greatly missed,” said Kulvinder.

Karamjit’s brother, Dr Rajindar Singh, 65, said the family thanked the authorities for the way Karamjit’s remains were handled.

Dr Rajindar said he last spoke to his brother two weeks before the tragedy.

He said Karamjit had taken leave to help him with his daughter’s wedding preparations.

“That was the man he was, ever helpful, always smiling. I’ve never seen him angry,” said an emotional Dr Rajindar.

Present to pay their respects were Selangor state Secretary Datuk Mohd Khusrin Munawi, Batu Tiga assemblyman Rodziah Ismail and representatives from the state government.

Mohd Khusrin also handed over the Malaysian flag to Harbinder. Karamjit’s ashes would be scattered in the sea in Port Klang on Saturday.

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