Once rejected from joining it, Mr Sun Lai Fong is now president of the Singapore Hui Ann Association
Businessman is first new Chinese immigrant to lead old clan body here
Published on Aug 18, 2014 7:10 AM
When Mr Sun Lai Fong left his native Hui'an county in Fujian province to work here in 1981, he headed straight to the Singapore Hui Ann Association in Geylang.
Then 26 and alone, he planned to seek the help and support of his fellow clansmen in Singapore. But he was turned away because he was not a citizen here.
Disappointed but not deterred, he went back to his $13-a-day job as a construction worker to support his wife and three young daughters back home. But he vowed he would join the association some day.
More than three decades later, the 59-year-old boss of a construction firm - a Singapore citizen now - is president of the 90-year-old association.
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