SINGAPORE- Every Dec 24 for the past 26 years, a group of Dr M.G. Ramachandran's fans in Singapore dedicate an obituary to him.
Dr Ramachandran, popularly known by his initials MGR, a former Indian film actor, director, producer, and chief minister of Tamil Nadu for three terms, died on that day in 1987.
And that's not all.
Every year since then, in order to honour his legacy, this group of fans, who are mainly close friends and relatives, come together to do volunteer work and donate provisions to the needy on Dec 24.
They also organise special prayers for MGR at the Sri Sivan Temple in Geylang.
The late star was dearly loved by the people of India, especially Tamil Nadu, for his principles on life and also his acting skills.
The group of fans in Singapore, led by Mr M.G. Selvam, are no different. They are all ardent fans, who follow MGR's principles in life, which is to help the needy in whatever way they can.
Mr Selvam, 52, a shredder and safe box technician, says they volunteer at old age homes, children's homes, as well as homes for the disabled.
"We do not show religious or cultural partiality when volunteering at these homes, because we are all humans and we should not let our beliefs or ideologies hold us back from helping people in need," he said.
What motivated him to come up with this idea? He replied: "When we do something in remembrance of a person, we should make it meaningful in such a way that a goodwill message can be spread to the public. By doing this, we are spreading MGR's messages on humanity and helping people in need, thus enabling his memories and life principles to live on through us."
During the initial years after MGR's demise,Mr Selvam's wife used to prepare special dishes to distribute to the homes where they were volunteering.
After a few years, they decided that it would be better for the residents at these homes if the food were prepared by their resident cooks, who were more familiar with the diet requirements and restrictions.
Since then, the group of fans would buy provisions like dry goods and donate them to the home they volunteered at every year. This year, they volunteered at the Sree Narayana Mission in Yishun.