Former youth delinquent Lawrence Koh cleaned up and went on to illustrate a book on Lee Kuan Yew
Published on Jul 21, 2014 6:17 PM
At the height of a troubled adolescence spent mixing with bad company, 15-year-old Lawrence Koh rushed out of the house with a parang hastily wrapped in newspaper to join a fight.
But he stopped dead in his tracks at the sight of his mother's tears.
"It broke my heart and - I did not know this was such a physical feeling - my chest literally hurt," says Koh, now 41.
At the door of their one-room flat in Tanglin Halt, his mother tearfully asked him why he, like his father - whom she had divorced - made her cry.
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