Migrant workers play visual guides

They help visually impaired pedestrians at construction areas near Caldecott station

From left: Mr Edwin Khoo, head of braille production and the library services centre at the Singapore Association of the Visually Handicapped, being guided by Mr S.M. Liton, and SAVH librarian Kelvin Tan being guided by Mr Periyasami Vasanthakumar as
From left: Mr Edwin Khoo, head of braille production and the library services centre at the Singapore Association of the Visually Handicapped, being guided by Mr S.M. Liton, and SAVH librarian Kelvin Tan being guided by Mr Periyasami Vasanthakumar as they walk towards Caldecott MRT station. ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG
From left: Mr Edwin Khoo, head of braille production and the library services centre at the Singapore Association of the Visually Handicapped, being guided by Mr S.M. Liton, and SAVH librarian Kelvin Tan being guided by Mr Periyasami Vasanthakumar as
Mr Edwin Khoo

When Mr Edwin Khoo exits the faregate at Caldecott MRT station every workday morning, he is glad to hear the familiar sound of safety boots knocking on the ground as a guide approaches him.

Mr Khoo, who is visually handicapped, is head of braille production and the library services centre at the Singapore Association of the Visually Handicapped (SAVH), situated across the road from the station.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 18, 2021, with the headline 'Migrant workers play visual guides'. Subscribe