'I'll take care of you all'

The young boy bravely consoled his grandfather as they reflected on the death of the boy's father, air steward Sanjid Singh Sandhu (above), who was on Flight MH17.

"Dadaji, don't be sad. Your son's gone, but this son's here. I'll take care of you all."

Those were the words uttered to his grandfather by 10-year old Hans Singh Sandhu, son of Mr Sanjid, reported liberal news portal The Malaysian Insider.

Hans's grandfather, Mr Jijar Singh, 71, recalled these words when Bukit Gelugor MP Ramkarpal Singh and Batu Kawan MP Kasturi Patto visited him and his wife Jagjit Kaur, 73, at their house in Penang's Alma yesterday.

Holding back tears, Mr Jijar said Hans, who lives in Kuala Lumpur with his mother, had told him this over the phone after the news of the crash broke out.

Mr Jijar now hopes that Mr Sanjid's body will be found and taken home to Malaysia for a proper funeral.


He said he was informed that his son's passport was among the first to be found, unburnt and intact, amid the wreckage.

"We hope his body will be found like that," he said.

Mr Jijar added that Mr Sanjid is better known among his relatives and community as Bobby. He got the nickname when he was a boy because the maid who looked after him in the 70s liked the hit Hindi movie Bobby. Mr Jijar also expressed sympathy for families of victims of MH370, which went missing in March and has yet to be found.

"At least I know my son's body is somewhere there, but they (relatives of Flight MH370 victims) have been in limbo for months," he said.

"Why is this happening to MAS (Malaysia Airlines)?" he asked.

Mr Sanjid, 41, had swopped flights to work on flight MH17 that crashed with 298 people. His stewardess wife, Madam Tan Bee Geok, 43, had swopped out of MH370, which vanished while en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8