The following is an excerpt from Mr Wang Says So.
Today I will tell you a story. It is a sad story, so sad that it is almost like a Taiwanese soap opera. Unfortunately, it is not fiction, but a true story. (And here is the SPH newspaper report to prove it).
Once upon a time, there was a woman who lived in Aljunied (we don't know her real name, so let's just call her Julie). She was 53 years old, and she had a 17-year-old son (again we don't know his real name - let's call him Ah Teck).
Julie was poorly educated. She had only studied up to Primary 6. She worked as a part-time cleaner, earning $400 a month to support herself and Ah Teck. Meanwhile, Ah Teck had low IQ and was attending a special school for mentally handicapped kids. He also had thalassemia, a blood disorder.
Ah Teck's father had run away several years ago and could no longer be found. So there was absolutely no financial help from him.
One day in January 2009, Julie was at work. She was standing on a chair to clean a fan. Suddenly, she slipped and fell. She broke her wrist. Thereafter Julie lost her job, for she could no longer perform her cleaning duties.
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