17 Apr '17, 8am

[Mothership] Othman Wok descended from one of the families living in S’pore when Raffles arrived in 1819 https://t.co/8A1GrvXBDo

[Mothership] Othman Wok descended from one of the families living in S’pore when Raffles arrived in 1819 https://t.co/8A1GrvXBDo

“My ancestors came from the Riau Archipelago. I believe I’m the seventh generation of this old ancestry from the Riau Archipelago. I could remember my grandfather on the maternal side. He was still alive when I was 16 or 17 years old. He used to tell us that his grandfather (Othman’s great great grandfather) came down to Singapore and opened up a piece of land somewhere in Thomson Road. His grandfather was killed by a tiger, while doing work on the land. His father (Othman’s great grandfather) then found a job with the Temenggong, who was the sultan then here, and he became a sort of harbour master here then, controlling the movement of crafts in Singapore harbour. He was there until Raffles came in. Then after the retirement of the Temenggong, he did business on behalf of the Temenggong with the Indonesians. My grandfather, who was about 17 or 16 years old, followed him a...

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