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MORE PRECIOUS THAN MONEY: After work at the end of each day, there would be a guard at the gate. You'd open a cloth bag and he would pour in a cigarette tin's worth of rice. This was more important than the salary itself. - MR TAN HWEE HOCK (above), on working for the Japanese as a laboratory assistant during the war.
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ST PHOTO: JONATHAN CHOO