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Steward never returned to taste mum’s cooking

 | July 18, 2014

His mother had cooked his favourite dishes but steward Sanjid Singh Sandhu never came home as he was on the ill-fated MH17.

stewardBUKIT MERTAJAM: Steward Sanjid Singh Sandhu, who changed shifts with a colleague at the last minute on the ill-fated MH17 flight, told his family he would be back for lunch today but it was not meant to be.

Jijar Singh, 71, said his son informed him on Tuesday that he had changed shifts with his colleague to go to Amsterdam.

Sanjid, 41, had told his mother Jagjit Kaur, 73, that he would be in for lunch with his wife Tan Bee Geok, 43, and 10-year-old son Hans Singh Sandhu.

“His mother has cooked his favourite dishes,” Jijar told reporters when met at his house in Taman Selamat, Alma here today.

The family received the bad news at 4 a.m. today from their daughter, Sheila Sandhu, 43, who resides in Italy, that MH17 had crashed in Ukraine.

Sanjid was among 15 MAS crew members who perished in the plane, allegedly shot down by a missile, near the village of Grabovo in eastern Ukraine late last night.

“We are shocked and cannot describe our loss because he is our only son. It has happened and we have to bear with it,” said Jijar.

Sanjid joined MAS 16 years ago following in his sister Sheila’s footsteps. Sheila is now married to a foreign national and settled in Europe.

Since joining MAS, Sanjid moved to Kuala Lumpur and visited his parents whenever he was on leave.

“He is a jovial and friendly guy with many friends,” said Jijar, a retiree of the then Lembaga Letrik Negara (LLN), now TNB.

steward1(1)Jijar has a piece of advice for married couples – have more than two children, at least two boys and two girls.

“Don’t suffer like us. We have lost our only son,” said Jijar, who had undergone two heart bypass surgeries.

He recalled that when talking about the disappearance of MH370, Sanjid told him it was all fated.

Jijar remembers the last words to Sanjid when his son was about to depart to Kuala Lumpur last month: “You are my only son and your son is my only grandson. So please take care.”

He said his daughter-in-law was making the funeral arrangements for Sanjid and that she may have to go to Ukraine.


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