MH17: Tragedy brings family closer as they wait for passenger’s remains to be flown home

PETALING JAYA - United in grief, the family of Karamjit Singh, who was on board Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, are putting aside their differences as they wait for his remains to be brought home from the Netherlands on Friday.

His son Amarpal Singh said the families of his parents had resolved the misunderstanding that they had earlier.

"The tragedy has brought us all together now," said the 22-year-old medical student of Monash University Malaysia, Johor Baru.

Karamjit, 54, worked with ExxonMobil and was among 43 Malaysian passengers and crew on board the aircraft that was shot down in Donestk, eastern Ukraine, on July 17.

Amarpal said his mother Harbinder Kaur, 52, and his younger brother were learning to move on with their lives, adding that they still felt Karamjit's presence, especially when they prayed.

"We sat down and enjoyed our time with each other as we discussed how we are going to move forward as a family," said Amarpal.

"That's what my father would have wanted," he said.

Amarpal said he and his brother, who is studying at Universiti Teknologi Petronas in Tronoh, Perak, would return home to Setiawangsa tomorrow to prepare to receive their father's body.

He said his father's remains would be cremated at the Nirvana crematorium and his ashes taken to the Pulapol Gurdwara for prayers.

Amarpal said the ashes of his paternal grandparents were scattered in the sea in Port Klang and they would do the same with his father's.