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The Lives They Live: A lifetime of helping others

Photographs of (from top) Mr Ong in brigade uniform back in the day; his school's brigade on a trip to Batu Caves in Malaysia; and Mr Ong (third from left in picture) playing the drums during band practice. Mr Ong Eng Tong, former president of The Bo
Mr Ong Eng Tong, former president of The Boys' Brigade Alumni, with a collection of caps used in the past at the brigade's heritage gallery in Ganges Avenue. Looking back on his younger days, he said: "I lived a very sheltered life. Joining The Boys' Brigade opened my eyes to a lot of things. It opened my eyes to the less fortunate."ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI
Photographs of (from top) Mr Ong in brigade uniform back in the day; his school's brigade on a trip to Batu Caves in Malaysia; and Mr Ong (third from left in picture) playing the drums during band practice. Mr Ong Eng Tong, former president of The Bo
Photographs of Mr Ong in brigade uniform back in the day (above); his school's brigade on a trip to Batu Caves in Malaysia; and Mr Ong playing the drums during band practice.ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI
Photographs of (from top) Mr Ong in brigade uniform back in the day; his school's brigade on a trip to Batu Caves in Malaysia; and Mr Ong (third from left in picture) playing the drums during band practice. Mr Ong Eng Tong, former president of The Bo
Photographs of Mr Ong in brigade uniform back in the day; his school's brigade on a trip to Batu Caves in Malaysia (above); and Mr Ong playing the drums during band practice. ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI
Photographs of (from top) Mr Ong in brigade uniform back in the day; his school's brigade on a trip to Batu Caves in Malaysia; and Mr Ong (third from left in picture) playing the drums during band practice. Mr Ong Eng Tong, former president of The Bo
Photographs of Mr Ong in brigade uniform back in the day; his school's brigade on a trip to Batu Caves in Malaysia; and Mr Ong playing the drums during band practice (above). ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

While the pioneer leaders were the architects of Singapore, everyday heroes helped build society here. This is another story about such people in the series The Lives They Live.

Mr Ong Eng Tong has lived a privileged life since he was young.

His family owned a large share of the auto parts industry in Singapore and Malaysia. And his relatives owned the Green Bus Company, one of the private businesses that operated public buses here before Singapore Bus Service was set up in 1973.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 05, 2018, with the headline ''If there is a way to help, I will''. Print Edition | Subscribe