Read 3 articles daily and stand to win ST rewards, including the ST News Tablet worth $398.
Spin the wheel for ST Read and Win now.
For more than 20 years, Li De Yan helped to build Singapore with his bare hands.
During the growing years of Singapore's construction sector in the 1970s and 80s, he mixed cement, laid bricks and built houses across the country.
Please subscribe or log in to continue reading the full article.
*Terms and conditions apply.
Join ST's Telegram channel here and get the latest breaking news delivered to you.
We have been experiencing some problems with subscriber log-ins and apologise for the inconvenience caused. Until we resolve the issues, subscribers need not log in to access ST Digital articles. But a log-in is still required for our PDFs.