Supermum works three jobs, seven days a week: 'My son, he's all that I have'

Supermum works three jobs, seven days a week: 'My son, he's all that I have'
Madam Seah Yu Ping and her son Malcolm Teo, a Secondary 3 student from Naval Base Secondary School. She holds down three jobs to feed her household of seven comprising Malcolm, her only child; her parents and her brother, his wife and their son.

If her son can win an award for his achievements in school, then surely his mother deserves even more.

Here's why: Madam Seah Yu Ping holds three jobs to feed seven mouths.

She has to look after Malcolm Teo, her parents and her brother, his wife and their son.

And she does it with her monthly salary of about $1,600, and the $1,500 she gets each month from her former husband after their divorce.

She also receives help from Nee Soon GRC and other organisations which provide her with food rations each month.

It's tough and Madam Seah, embarrassed about her situation, initially declined to speak. She said attention should go to Malcolm, her only child.

Last Saturday, Malcolm, 15, was awarded a $400 bursary at the MDIS 19th Scholarship and Bursary Awards Ceremony.

In spite of the odds, Malcolm, a Secondary 3 student from Naval Base Secondary, did well and has been moved to Express Stream from Normal (Academic).

But Madam Seah's story is no less significant.

When she was still married to her tertiary lecturer husband, she had a car and hardly worked. She held a part-time property agent job.

Then came the divorce, about eight years ago. And it was followed by years of struggling for her.

She moved out of her home into her brother's five-room flat in Yishun. She and Malcolm sleep in one room.

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