The best Christmas gift

The best Christmas gift

SINGAPORE - Thanks to last week's edition of The New Paper on Sunday, Mr Rodney Koh found his long-lost sister.

We had featured Madam Thanapakiam, 68, who had been given away as a baby.

She was searching for her biological family and all she had were a few names and a photo.

The grandmother of seven had mused that it would be a great Christmas gift if she could be reunited with her mother and siblings.

Her wish came true.

Last Sunday, Mr Rodney Koh was "bubbling with excitement" while reading his copy of TNPS.

Said the 60-year-old taxi driver: "I saw her age and then the name of my parents in the story. Then, I knew for sure it was the sister we have been looking for.

"I called my elder brother once I realised it. I was so excited, I had to calm myself down."

Mr Rodney Koh is the fourth of five children, including Madam Thanapakiam.

His older brother, Mr Bill Koh, read the story and sent an e-mail to TNPS on that same day, asking to be put in touch with his sister.

Said the 64-year-old operations manager, who is a loyal reader of TNP: "The New Paper is the newspaper I save to read before going to bed every day. That's the time I am most relaxed."

He added: "I never miss the Sunday paper. I'm really glad we managed to find my sister through it. My brother was so excited. He kept saying, 'We found sister! We found sister!'"

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