Remains of humanitarian Rishiwant cremated in Patalia, India

PETALING JAYA: The remains of humanitarian aid worker Rishiwant Singh Randhawa has been cremated in Patalia, India on Wednesday (Nov 28) in the presence of his family and friends.

Rishiwant, who is fondly known as the Flying Singh, was riding a rented motorcycle when he was killed in an accident near an ashram, where he was staying in Patalia in the state of Punjab.

Prayers will be held on Dec 16 at the Gurdwara Sahib in Muar, his birthplace and his family's hometown.

Rishi's daughter Sarasvati Kaur Randhawa said her father always told her that he did not know how much time he had on earth, and that was why he tried to do as much "seva" (service) for humanity before he goes.

The larger-than-life humanitarian aid director of United Sikhs has received countless tributes from people all over.

Ellina Abdul Majid‎ said Rishiwant, 43, made the world a kinder place for a lot of people, and did his best in restoring their faith in humankind.

Sangeet Kaur‎ said that Rishiwant gave light to so many lives and he left a beautiful legacy for all to walk behind.

“Your sudden demise has left us all appalled, but I thank God for I have known such a noble man personally, who gave his all without expecting returns,” she wrote on his Facebook page.

Activist Marina Mahathir called him a beautiful soul with a big heart, while non-profit organisation Gerai OA said he will be missed.

Motivational speaker Zhariff Afandi said Rishiwant was definitely one of the most amazing and kind human beings he had ever known.

“This is a man who would rather give his last dollar to help others in need. Never selfish and always selfless,” he said.

Rishiwant, who was also a Radio DJ, is survived by his wife and three children.

He was among 10 individuals and groups who were given The Star Golden Hearts Award 2016 by the Star Media Group, as a recognition of his humanitarian works.

Among other things, Rishiwant assisted in bringing aid to the orang asli affected by the floods in Kelantan as well as providing food to Syrian refugees along the Macedonian-Serbian border during a harsh winter in 2016.

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