Remembering MAS steward Sanjid – TMI

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TMI | Malaysia| 11 July 2015 | Asia Samachar |
Jagjit Kaur, the mother of MAS steward Sanjit Singh who was on Flight MH17, holding his portrait. – PTOTO The Malaysian Insider
Jagjit Kaur, the mother of MAS steward Sanjit Singh who was on Flight MH17, holding his portrait. – PTOTO The Malaysian Insider

It has been almost a year since retirees Jijar Singh and Jagjit Kaur lost their only son Malaysia Airlines (MAS) steward Sanjid Singh when his flight MH17 was shot down in Ukraine, but the elderly couple feels he is still with them, helping them to keep going.

It has been difficult coping with their loss and the couple in their 70s said not a day has gone by when they did not think of him.

“We think of him all the time and we feel he is still with us, helping us along. Our health has improved.

“We have come to terms with what happened, and life goes on,” said Jijar, 71.

As the first anniversary of Sanjid’s death approaches, his parents told The Malaysian Insider that they miss him terribly.

“The first thing that comes to mind now is tears,” said Jagjit, 74, as she and her husband struggled to keep their composure as they recalled the day they heard the news of the ill-fated jetliner.

Jijar, 71, fondly known as Joe, said everyday brought some memory of their son, such as a favourite dish or the funny things he did when he was young.

He was a cheeky boy, they said, laughing as they remembered the trouble he sometimes got himself into all those years ago.

Sanjid’s son Hans Singh Sandhu, who turns 11 in November, reminds the couple of him, as the boy has his father’s hunger for knowledge and interest in serious subjects like wars, history and geography.

“He knows all the big names in history like Hitler and Stalin, and he knows what a wombat is… that’s the best joke now, isn’t it?” Jijar said, referring to the recent issue of an electronic billboard in Bukit Bintang being removed because some Muslims mistook a songkok-wearing wombat for a pig.

Jagjit said Sanjid would buy books for Hans and challenging puzzles to pick the child’s brain, and father and son could finish a book in a single day.

 

[Abridged from the original story, entitled He is still with us, keeps us going, say MH17 steward’s parents, which you can read here.]

 

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