PETALING JAYA: Lawyer and columnist Bhag Singh (pic) passed away yesterday morning at Hospital Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia after a battle with heart illness.
Bhag, 74, who used to pen his thoughts on various legal aspects in the “Law for Everyone” column in The Star, leaves behind his wife and two daughters.
Born in Alor Setar, Kedah, Bhag was the fifth child among six siblings.
Elder brother Ajmer Singh, 86, said Bhag was a very hardworking person from the time he was a student, and was someone who took his work very seriously.
“He will be missed by his family very dearly, ” he said.
Bhag graduated with a law degree from the University of Singapore in 1969, and opened his own firm in Kuala Lumpur shortly after.
Bhag was also a long-time legal adviser for the editorial (now called content) department of The Star.
“We called him at all hours of the day (and night) for advice on our stories, and he was always kind, helpful and friendly to us.
“He was a fatherly figure, and many of us have known him for decades. He will be missed, ” said Star Media Group (SMG) chief content officer Esther Ng.
SMG assistant news editor Devi Manjit Kaur said Bhag told her about his love for writing and would always seek views from others on certain matters.
“When I asked about his professional opinion about a story, he would also seek my views about the story.
“It was a two-way interaction, and that is something I appreciate. I always remember Mr Bhag as someone who was kind and humble, ” she said.
The cremation of his body was held at the Jalan Loke Yew crematorium yesterday.
The Path Da Bhog prayers will be held later on a date that will be announced.