By Asia Samachar Team | MALAYSIA |
Sangat Singh, a planter, a ham radio enthusiast and a pioneer member of a Malaysian Sikh outfit, passed away today. He was 86.
He was the first treasurer of Sikh Naujawan Sabha Malaysia (SNSM) which coincidently was holding its 53rd annual general meeting in Kuala Lumpur today. The demise of its long-serving member was announced to the members present.
Sangat played a pioneering role in SNSM in the 1960s when it was based in Seremban, Negeri Sembilan.
He was born in 1933 in Dijkot in present-day Faisalabad, Pakistan. After getting his college degree in India, he moved to Singapore in 1954 to work in textiles for a short stint before starting a a career as a planter across the Causeway.
He was the first Sikh planter in the then plantation giant Guthrie. The journey began in 1957 when he enrolled as a cadet planter at the Guthrie’s Siliau Estate in Siliau Malaysia.
He was also a longtime amateur radio hobbyist with the call sign of 9M2SS.
Sangat’s ride to freedom – The Malay Mail (Asia Samachar, 9 Aug July 201)