Sorry S'pore, and thank you

Former match-fixer Alassane looks forward with optimism, after keeping his citizenship

Gaye Alassane has a plan that will help his family stay in touch with their African roots - he wants to open a restaurant serving African cuisine.
Gaye Alassane has a plan that will help his family stay in touch with their African roots - he wants to open a restaurant serving African cuisine.ST PHOTO: SHAMIR OSMAN

He weaved through the narrow corridors of the Al-Falah Mosque, slipping into one room and then the next, exchanging greetings in Arabic, English and even Malay.

Maybe it was because a huge weight had been lifted off his shoulders or perhaps it was being surrounded by familiar friendly faces he volunteers with, but Gaye Alassane could not stop smiling.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on July 01, 2018, with the headline 'Sorry S'pore, and thank you'. Subscribe