It Changed My Life

It Changed My Life: From struggling artist to top crime-buster

Retired senior police investigator Mr Gordon Toh solved many homicide cases during his career, including the murder of his late mentor Mr T. Maniam.

He put aside artistic dreams to be cop for over 40 years, solving several murder cases

Gordon Toh was struggling as a woodcut print artist in Taiping, Perak, in the 1970s and reckoned a diploma from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore could be his ticket to a brighter future.

But since he had no funds to finance such an undertaking, he decided he would work here for a couple of years first.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on June 17, 2018, with the headline 'From struggling artist to top crime-buster'. Print Edition | Subscribe