SINGAPORE – “My dad abandoned us when I was around five or six years old and my mum struggled to raise the three of us. I was the youngest.

She also had to support our grandfather, my dad’s elderly father, who lived with us. So my mum rented out two rooms in our four-room flat, while we squeezed into the master bedroom, and my grandfather slept in the kitchen.

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