|Harneak (second from right) with his friends|
Harneak was instrumental in setting up the Michaelian Heritage Gallery. He started by lending his collection of old school badges, neck ties and some books and magazines. We started from scratch. It was tough and back-breaking but we managed it through the assistance of many quarters.
Harneak, who left us in 2013, April 8, was a true blue Michaelian. "I have never left school" - was his favourite line he uttered occasionally to anyone who knew him. That's true - his service to the school was impeccable and praise-worthy. Whenever he had a day off from work, he would be in school. He assisted in ensuring that the ethos and tradition of the school was preserved. He advocated the Michaelian spirit and made it relevant. He ensured that the Lasallian way of life at St Michael's Ipoh was practised. Once the air-cond compressor was placed facing the main road by the electrician, marring the school facade. Wasting no time, Harneak pointed this out to the school authority. The compressor was immediately placed to where it belongs now. Over the years, I realise that he was also the one who was behind the production of "Our Story", the A4-sized green book which documents the history of the school.
|Harneak was instrumental in getting back the British Battalion plaque from the late Mr Chye Kooi Loong to where it belonged, St Michael's Institution, Ipoh. We were in Kampar to get this done.|
The next day, using his daughter's laptop, he was already at the La Salle Centre to gather again all the documentation he tirelessly collected over the years which demanded a lot of time and energy. He moved on.
Harneak's passing was a shock to many because he went away in a sudden. It has been for more than three years. I am wondering where his son Tasminder Singh is as after his Form Six, I have not heard from him. Do let us know where you are Tasminder.
For many, Harneak was truly a good friend, a reliable buddy and a good listener. For us at St Michael's, he was a gentle soul, an outstanding Michaelian and he will never be forgotten.
By Peter Khiew