VIDEO

48 Singaporean Seconds: Red-haired delivery man is a human Singapore flag

Delivery man Ng Tee Kia stops traffic - with his fiery red hair. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND LIM
Delivery man Ng Tee Kia stops traffic - with his fiery red hair. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND LIM

Singapore celebrates its 48th birthday on Aug 9, and to tie in with this, The Straits Times Picture Desk has put together 48 Singaporean Seconds, an audio-visual tribute to Singaporeans who have made this little red dot their home.

In the 25th and final instalment of our series, we talk to delivery man Ng Tee Kia.

Ng Tee Kia, 58, delivery man

Delivery man Ng Tee Kia stops traffic - with his fiery red hair.

A bus driver once stopped at a traffic junction, wound down the window and gave him the thumbs up.

A traffic policeman praised his hair colour, and a Caucasian at a coffee shop was transfixed by the sight of him, he says.

Mr Ng, who works for a hardware shop in Senoko Crescent, loves the attention he gets.

He has dyed his hair yellow, gold, and orange, but his favourite is red because it makes him look more "alive".

The father of three also owns an array of possessions in red, ranging from a bicycle and shirts to his cap. Even his underwear is in that hue.

He particularly enjoys pairing a red top with white trousers - so much so that relatives sometimes call him the Singapore flag.

"I'm not afraid of being laughed at," he says.

- Photos and videos by The Straits Times Picture Desk