Good-humoured, passionate instructor

Good-humoured, passionate instructor
Camp instructor Muhammad Daanish Amran who died at Sabah Quake

Camp instructor Muhammad Daanish Amran, 22, who was buried yesterday, is remembered as a caring and good-humoured friend and a passionate leader.

Yesterday morning, the body of Mr Daanish, who died in last Friday's quake, was sent to Masjid Ba'alwie in the Bukit Timah area for final rites, before the burial at the Pusara Abadi Muslim cemetery in Lim Chu Kang. It was attended by family members, friends and colleagues.

"He was really passionate about being a camp instructor and, as friends, we could see positive changes in him. He became more organised and serious in life," said his close friend Mohammed Jaffer Ashiddiqe Jamal, 22, who took leave from national service to attend the funeral.

Mr Daanish helped to guide Mr Jaffer's younger siblings when they were applying to be camp instructors as well, he said, adding: "He was really approachable."

The two friends were classmates at First Toa Payoh Secondary School, where Mr Daanish played guitar and football.

They last met a month ago. "We made plans to meet up for the upcoming Hari Raya visits as usual. My siblings and I never expected this to happen," he said.

The Toa Payoh school yesterday opened a tribute board for Mr Daanish. It is collecting messages at the general office from 9am to 6pm on weekdays until Monday.

"He always had a ready grin and a mischievous twinkle in his eyes. His presence alone brightened up the day for the class," wrote Mr Daanish's secondary school classmate Liu Yaling on his Facebook page.

Colleagues at Camp Challenge, where Mr Daanish was a freelance instructor, said he was always helpful.

The Nanyang Polytechnic graduate also worked at Universal Studios Singapore.

This article was first published on June 9, 2015.
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