RIP Harnek, you will be missed

Harnek Singh, the wizardry left winger of the national and Selangor Hockey team passed away after battling cancer for a year,

He would have turned 70 this May.

Making his mark as a player in Melaka, under the guidance of his first coach Teja Singh Dhaliwal, who happened to be his older sibling, Harnek was a key member of the PKNS and Selangor State Hockey teams.

He gained 30 international caps for Malaysia and was a member of the national team that participated in the 1973 SEA Games in Singapore.

Harnek was an accomplished footballer, and represented Melaka in the Burnley Cup but opted to make Hockey his first love.

While donning PKNS colours alongside the likes of R. Patmarajah, Nelson Sundaraj, Errol Ong, M. Mahendran, the player dubbed as “ the falling Singh” for his ability to trick opponents with his orthodox dribbling skills made it to the national training squad for the 1975 World Cup.

Although he failed to make the final squad, such was his love for the sport that he named his Son Ajitpal Singh in honour of the Indian Hockey Captain that lifted the 1975 World Cup at the Merdeka Stadium.

And his Son Ajitpal, although not following his Father to be a Hockey player , rose from a journalist in The Sun and later joined NST and is currently the Deputy Sports Editor.

“ Harnek, was regular for Selangor and PKNS in the 70s together with ’75 World Cuppers Wong Choon Hin, R.Pathmarajah, M.Mahendran, Sri Shan, K. Balasingam and brother KT Rajan, just to name a few, “ recalled his coach Dato R. Yogeswaran.

“ A nippy left inside, left wing and was nicknamed ‘ The Falling Singh’ as he appears to be losing balance when with the ball but never falls.

“ This trait tricked many a defence resulting in his scoring crucial goals for Selangor and PKKS..

“ I am very glad that I with Tam Chiew Seng, another Olympian, were able to visit him at UH yesterday.

“ Hockey will miss you Harnek.Rest in Peace.”

Harnek was quiet and unassuming, often keeping to himself and out of the public eye.

He battled hard against throat cancer that was detected a year ago but his condition worsened last Thursday when he was admitted to the University Hospital.

He was brought home on Monday after doctors advised the family and he passed away surrounded by his family at home at 3.45pm Tuesday.

Harnek leaves behind his Wife Ranjit Kaur and children Ajitpal Singh (44), Tarenjit Kaur (40), Amithpal Singh (32).

The cortège will leave his house No 18, SS 4A/5A Kelana Jaya 47301 P. Jaya Selangor for cremation at 12 noon for cremation at 1pm at Gui Yuan Crematorium, Jalan 229, Section 51A, Kg Tungku, Petaling Jaya.