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The man who lived in a Singapore forest for 30 years
Singapore is known for being one of The World 's most highly urbanised countries in The World , with no lack of gleaming skyscrapers and luxury apartments. But for One Man , that couldn't be further from The Place he called Home - a makeshift shelter in one of the country's forests.
On meeting Oh Go Seng The First thing that strikes you is the glint in his eye.
He wears his 79 years very lightly, looking in far better shape than many people half his age.Trouble at Christmas
It all began on Christmas Day when Mr Oh was stopped by officials and found to be trading without a licence.
He was selling leafy vegetables and chillies he had grown- after the pandemic caused Him to lose his job selling flowers at markets.
Mr Oh believes he was reported by a disgruntled customer after a disagreement over the SG$1 (£0. 55) he was charging for his goods.
At that moment, a charity worker was passing, and noticed he was being spoken to by officials who had confiscated his vegetables.
He had in fact been living unnoticed in a forest for 30 years.Living in The Forest
In the 1980s however, these kampongs were knocked down, to make way for new high-rise buildings.
Most kampong residents were offered new homes by the government, But Mr Oh was unable to secure a place of his own.
So, he headed back to a forest close to where his old Home once stood and started to spend nights in a makeshift shelter built from pieces of wood, bamboo and tarpaulin.
Upon approaching The Shelter , you see ashes in The Doorway from the Open Fire that Mr Oh would cook on. Piles of his belongings sit in The Middle of The Shelter , with the back of The Tent used as his sleeping area.
He also worked at various casual jobs when he could get them.
He would always answer questions about where he lived by saying he " lived in a garden" a relative says.
Mr Oh's trips to Batam stopped once the pandemic hit, with Singapore largely closing its borders and allowing travel only for those willing to pay for quarantine and Covid-19 tests.
However, he still persisted in helping His Family financially by sending them between S$500 - S$600 a month.
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However, although rough sleepers are not a common sight in The City it has been estimated that around 1,000 Singaporeans are homeless.'I got to watch television for the First Time '
The One bedroom flat he now shares with another man, is small and sparsely furnished.
He now works as a driver, transporting foreign workers from one job to another, and sometimes does gardening work, he says.
" I ate so much! And There were many kinds of food I hadn't tasted in years!, " he laughs.
However, he clearly still misses the freedom of life in The Forest , though he says he prefers living in a flat.
Source of news: bbc.com