To funeral undertaker Roland Tay, helping the poor is a serious undertaking

Mr Roland Tay's (above) Direct Funeral Services is run out of two Lavender Street shophouses.
Mr Roland Tay's (above) Direct Funeral Services is run out of two Lavender Street shophouses.ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN

He says he'll continue offering free services to the needy, after getting to keep casket business premises in divorce

While undertaker Roland Tay has provided casket services for high-profile murder victims like Ms Liu Hong Mei and Huang Na, and even Ah Meng the orangutan, the funeral services he undertook for ordinary folk were no less important to him.

Stacked in his Lavender Street office are scores of disused identity cards, with punch holes, that once belonged to persons of limited means for whom he rendered funeral services pro bono.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 10, 2019, with the headline 'To Roland Tay, helping the poor is a serious undertaking'. Print Edition | Subscribe