SINGAPORE - For nine hours, Jairus Ang was left clinging on to his life while lying on the grass. He was one of the victims brutally assaulted by four construction workers from Sarawak, who went on a robbery rampage in Kallang back in 2010.
The assault left one dead and three severely wounded, one of them being Mr Ang, whose left hand was so badly injured that doctors had to amputate it.
Seven years on, Mr Ang, 26, is living his life to the fullest. Since the attack, he has gone on to complete his National Service, graduated from the University of Virginia, and started work in the US. It was at the request for the interview that he recounts the days right after the attack. Otherwise, he says, he wouldn't have looked back.
"Don’t wallow in self-pity, life is full of opportunities," said Mr Ang.
In the sixth episode of "The Newsmaker", Mr Jairus Ang shares his take on life and explains how he bears no grudges against his attackers. His parents also reveal their journey through the ordeal, and how they have come to terms with their son's misfortune.
About "The Newsmaker":
“The Newsmaker” (封面人物) is one of 10 SPH-produced short-form digital video series as part of a pilot Public Service Broadcast initiative. In this 13-part series, people who have made news headlines in the past share with the host Fred Lai (Content Producer, Chinese Media Group Digital) how the news events changed their lives and how they have been coping since then. All episodes come with English subtitles.
This series is also available on the zaobao.sg website and mobile app.