Merdeka Generation

Mother of all jobs: Foster mum of 19 years is still going strong

Above: Madam Fong Wai Kheng, who got married at the age of 24, believes her nurturing nature was shaped by her childhood. Her parents provided a loving environment for the family. PHOTO: COURTESY OF FONG WEI KHENG Left: The 64-year-old has been recog
The 64-year-old has been recognised by the Ministry of Social and Family Development for her fostering duties. In 2016, she received the Outstanding Volunteer Award from the ministry.ST PHOTO: ONG WEE KIAT
Above: Madam Fong Wai Kheng, who got married at the age of 24, believes her nurturing nature was shaped by her childhood. Her parents provided a loving environment for the family. PHOTO: COURTESY OF FONG WEI KHENG Left: The 64-year-old has been recog
Above: Madam Fong Wai Kheng, who got married at the age of 24, believes her nurturing nature was shaped by her childhood. Her parents provided a loving environment for the family. PHOTO: COURTESY OF FONG WEI KHENG

While the pioneer leaders were the architects of Singapore, everyday heroes helped build society here. This is another story of our Merdeka Generation, those born in the 1950s who lived and persevered through a tumultuous period.

Like every mother, Madam Fong Wai Kheng insists she has no favourite among the 20 children she has looked after.

Two of her children are her own - a son, 33, and a 32-year-old daughter - but the 64-year-old housewife has been a mother to 18 foster children as well.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 03, 2019, with the headline 'Mother of all jobs: Foster mum of 19 years is still going strong'. Print Edition | Subscribe