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.
She supports her brother and his wife, as the couple's only child was diagnosed with a rare epileptic disorder including hyperactivity when he was four months old.
Now nine, he requires 24-hour supervision by his parents as he has seizures up to ten times an hour every day. She also looks after her aged parents
Last Saturday, her son 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).
Madam Seah said: “How I wish we had 48 hours a day, then I can take two more jobs to provide for my son better. I really don’t mind. He’s all that I have.”
*An earlier version of this summary did not include details of Madam Seah's situation at home. We have since added the information.