The 46-year-old architectural draftsman represents what it truly means to be Singaporean – regardless of race or religion, we all live together as peng you.
For 10 years now, he has been adding colour to the Chinese New Year festivities at Block 700B Ang Mo Kio Avenue 6.
This, by decorating the corridor at the lift landing, on the floor where he lives.
Abang Hamzah does this every Chinese New Year, Mid-Autumn festival, and National Day.
Since he can’t read the Chinese characters on the decorative items, he will “pester” his Chinese neighbours to help translate.
You know, in case sala.
He says his neighbours are always keen to help when he “disturbs” them.
But why is abang Hamzah so on?
“I used to live in a multicultural neighbourhood. From young, i got along well with my Chinese friends. It’s better to have close neighbours than relatives who keep their distance from you. I hope all my neighbours can live together happily. That’s why I do this.”
Pai seh lah abang Hamzah, we can’t give you a Tiger (you know why lah), but we’re happy you’re getting high on the right thing – which is, making the lives of people around you better.
Kam sia for reminding us of how Singaporeans should be – gracious, harmonious and united, regardless of race or religion.