The Hindu man who sheltered a Muslim tomb

Lawyer Bachoo Mohan Singh outside the Sin Choon Huat Temple funded and built by his father, Mr Bachoo Singh, who was a businessman who came to Singapore from India in the 1920s. The elder Mr Singh also built the warehouse at 49 Moonstone Lane. Left:
Lawyer Bachoo Mohan Singh outside the Sin Choon Huat Temple funded and built by his father, Mr Bachoo Singh, who was a businessman who came to Singapore from India in the 1920s. The elder Mr Singh also built the warehouse at 49 Moonstone Lane.ST PHOTO: JOSEPH CHUA
Lawyer Bachoo Mohan Singh outside the Sin Choon Huat Temple funded and built by his father, Mr Bachoo Singh, who was a businessman who came to Singapore from India in the 1920s. The elder Mr Singh also built the warehouse at 49 Moonstone Lane. Left:
Above: The building housing the grave is partially embedded in the wall of the warehouse. ST FILE PHOTO
Lawyer Bachoo Mohan Singh outside the Sin Choon Huat Temple funded and built by his father, Mr Bachoo Singh, who was a businessman who came to Singapore from India in the 1920s. The elder Mr Singh also built the warehouse at 49 Moonstone Lane. Left:
Mr Bachoo Singh and his son in a photograph taken at their family home in Rose Lane in 1963. PHOTO: COURTESY OF BACHOO MOHAN SINGH

When building Moonstone Lane warehouse, he put up structure to house pre-WWII grave

One of the reasons the historic grave of a Muslim woman has stood the test of time at 49 Moonstone Lane can partly be attributed to a Hindu man.

When businessman Bachoo Singh built the warehouse there some time after 1949, he took care to retain the grave by erecting a small building with windows and a red-bricked roof to keep it safe from the elements.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 11, 2019, with the headline 'The Hindu man who sheltered a Muslim tomb'. Print Edition | Subscribe