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One of the last samsui women

January 5, 2014 - 12:11am

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TNP PHOTO: ARIFFIN JAMAR

The one-room rental flat she lives in may be a cluttered mess of cardboard and used items, but Madam Ng Moey Chye (above) knows exactly where the navy-coloured samfoo top and its matching red headpiece is kept.

The outfit is a trademark of samsui women, who came from China to Singapore in search of a better life, and who worked as construction labourers.

According to the Singapore Sam Sui Association, only two samsui women are still alive in Singapore.

One of them is Madam Ng, who lives in Redhill Close.

The other, who lives in the same block as her, declined to be interviewed.

Madam Ng shares the rich history of her trade with The New Paper on Sunday.

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