Sangat Singh was the first Sikh planter in the then plantation giant Guthrie. - NSTP/File pic

KUALA LUMPUR: Ham radio enthusiast and pioneer member of the Sikh Naujawan Sabha Malaysia (SNSM), Sangat Singh has passed away.

He was 86, the Asia Samachar, an independent news portal for Sikhs in Southeast Asia said.

Sangat, who was the first treasurer of SNSM was also a long-serving member of the non-profit organisation in the 60s when it was based in Seremban, Negri Sembilan.

Born in 1933 in Dijkot in present-day Faisalabad, Pakistan, he moved to Singapore in 1954 to work in textiles after completing his college degree in India.

He then started his career as planter across the Causeway.

He was the first Sikh planter in the then plantation giant Guthrie. The journey began in 1957 when he enrolled as a cadet planter at the Guthrie’s Siliau Estate in Siliau Malaysia.

He was also a longtime amateur radio hobbyist with the call sign of 9M2SS.

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