SINGAPORE - Former People's Action Party (PAP) Old Guard Othman Wok died on Monday (April 17) afternoon at the age of 92.
Mr Othman, who served as the first minister for social affairs, was an MP for Pasir Panjang constituency from 1963 to 1981.
The Straits Times delves into the archives for a better look at the man best remembered for championing multi-racialism in Singapore.
Othman Wok's quick action saved lives
This article was first published in The New Paper on June 8, 2015
The 1964 riots, the worst racial violence in modern Singapore, saw 23 people killed and 454 injured.
And the quick thinking of Mr Othman probably saved many lives during the turbulent period.
Why we must build on pioneers' legacy
This article was first published in My Paper on May 14, 2012
While he is not a household name for many young Singaporeans, Mr Othman is not bothered about being recognised.
In a three-hour interview with My Paper, Mr Othman - who was part of Singapore’s first Cabinet led by former prime minister and People’s Action PAP founding member Lee Kuan Yew stressed the importance of building on the groundwork that has brought Singapore this far.
How the PAP won over the Malays
This article was first published in The Straits Times on May 30, 2009
The PAP had achieved a historic victory on June 3, 1959. It had won 43 out of the 51 seats in the island’s first legislative assembly election and was to form the first Government helmed by locals in colonial Singapore.
Mr Othman recalls the jubilant scenes at the Padang as he introduced the party's new leaders.
He tells his life story through biography
This article was first published in The Straits Times on May 19, 2001
As a young man, Mr Othman thought he would live an ordinary life, working as a radio technician and keeping the same job till his retirement.
But he became a journalist with the Malay-language paper Utusan Melayu, and that changed his life because it led him into politics.
Once an MP, now he's a 'JC'
This article was first published in The New Paper on April 23, 2000
Othman Wok has a smile on his face as he says: "I work from the morning till 2 pm. After that I become JC."
JC? Before I can guess he laughingly explains: "Jaga cucu" (Malay for "baby-sitting the grandchildren").
The story of Singapore's race relations as seen through his eyes
This article was first published in The Straits Times on Jan 25, 1997
Give people a chance and they will live in peace, but beware the few politicians who would exploit race issues for their own purposes - that's where trouble almost always begins.
This is the message from a former Government minister, Mr Othman Wok, whose family lineage can be traced back to the first landing of Sir Stamford Raffles, and whose own life here has been deeply involved with improving race relations.