The Towering Sikh Dr. Harjit played a great innings

“ It’s an odd situation, if I undergo the operation, I might not make it, if I do not go through it, then I will surely bot make it.”

Those were the words of Dato Dr. Harjit Singh who succumbed to heart complications at the National Heart Institute at 11.45pm.

“ The Father of Johor Cricket’, Dr. Harjit was credited in coming up with the Johor Cricket Academy and a sound development program for the sport in the state.

Leading the tribute was The Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah, conveyed his condolences to the family of Datuk Dr Harjit Singh, who died on Monday night

In a statement posted on Istana Negara’s Facebook page, His Majesty also expressed his sadness over the passing of Dr Harjit and said he hopes that his family members would be patient in their moment of grief.

“His deeds and contributions, especially to the development of the national cricket scene, are very much appreciated. His death is a great loss to the national cricket arena,” said the statement.

His contribution to the sport was so immense that whatever written today cannot come close in describing his passion for sports.

For that alone, the Johor State Government should rightfully name the academy in memory of Dr.Harjit, a gesture that will truly cement his memory in contributing for making Johor a state known for Cricket.

His close relationship with the Johor Royal family was well documented and Dr. Harjit was appointed as a member of the Johor Pardons Board.

Personally I got to know Dr. Harjit personally some 11 years ago though our first acquaintance was during the 2009 Junior World Cup held together with Singapore .

After that it was a yearly meeting as Dr, Harjit was the Sultan Johor Cup Medical Officer from its inception in 2011 to 2019.

All the foreign teams were amazed at his dedication and generosity , refusing and payment for players brought to his private clinic.

“ He was one of his kind, when called to serve he never once turned us down,” said Johor Hockey Association President.

“ A gentleman at heart, his passion towards sports and community service had no boundaries.

“ I last met him about two weeks before he went fit his operation. I noticed for the first tune fear in this gentle giant.”

And Dr. Harjit took it upon himself to arrange my dialysis each year during the Sultan Johor Cup , often going personally to source for a dialysis centre that could accommodate me during the tournament.

“ We are legates after all Satwant and you are doing a great job promoting the tournament world wide,” the ever humble Dr. Harjit said each time I thanked him.

Former Olympic Council of Malaysia Dato Sieh Kok Chi remembers Dr. Harjit’s love for cricket.

“ A very nice man,condolences to the family,he took care of me when i was unwell in JB during the late Almarhum’s time,t.” was what Tengku Abdul Rahman Almahrum Sultan Ahmad Shah had to say about Dato Harjit.

From royalties to the man on the street, everyone cherished the great work Dr. Harjit did be it for sports or the community.

A very humble, kind and above all down to earth, Dr. Harjit epitomes the qualities of a true Sikh always out to offer assistance and never looking for anything in return.

“ The late Dato Dr. Harjit was a National Cricketer, who became a successful sports official and leader. I am proud OCM inducted Dato Dr. Harjit into the OCM Hall of Fame,” was what former OCM Secretary General said in describing Dr. Harjit.

For the Malaysian Cricket Association, the demise of Dr. Harjit was a devastating blow.

“ Dr Harjit’s passing will be greatly felt given his immense contribution to the development of the sport in Johor and Malaysia.

“Today is a very sad day for Malaysian cricket as we learn that Dato Dr Harjit Singh has passed away,”

“Dato has been a great contributor to the development of the game in Malaysia and Johor.

“ One of the longest-serving presidents of a State sports association in the country, Dr Harjit helmed JCC since 1987 and served MCA as deputy president from 1990 to 2003.

“ Always there to lend a view and constantly pushes the boundaries. Many young talents and national cricketers have been developed under his leadership.

“ He was always there to help many and was always keen in junior development programmes .

“Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the family. May he eternally rest in peace. God bless! We will miss you.”

In describing the loss, veteran sports writer Tony Mariadass who was also a personal friend had this to say in memory of Dr. Harjit:

“He was a true sports loving man.
He not only played the game of cricket, but gave back so much more to the game, especially devoting his time and being passionate about the development of the game.
He was humble and helped everyone who sort his help.
A man like Datuk Dr Harjit is rare in Malaysian sports who lived for the sports and not lived of sports.
A rare gem gone all too soon, but his legacy left behind will live forever in his remembrance.”

The tall toe ring Sikh is no longer amongst us but his memories will continue as those who knew him will always talk about him

In reality though there is no conpsrodion to this fine gentleman.

We can only share the grief with his family.

In the end while Harjit won the toss, he lost the match , but through this lifetime Dr. Harjit played a great innings for cricket, Hockey amd humanity.

As I drive to attend his funeral in JB, the close conversations I had with him keep playing through my mind.

A statesman for sports that cared for cricket more then for himself.

Truly Dr. Harjit will be remembered for his deeds and I pray that HRH the Sultan of Johor will see the dream of naming the academy after Dr. Harjit come true.

For Dr. Harjit deserves to stay relevant although no longer with us today.

To all who knew him, kindly say a prayer in your own way to ease his path into the gardens of heaven where Waheguru will lace him together with angels as he looks upon us.

May God give strength to his family and loved ones, truly a remarkable Sikh, one that we are unable to hold a candle to.