Man and Reptile Capturing
Age : Born in the year of the rat
Occupation : OCBC Securities broker
Marital Status : Married
Interests: play golf, collect swords, daggers and antiques, gardening and looking after grand children.
Motto: trust and moral values, believes that a person’s character can be seen when he plays golf or trades shares.
Actitvities with TADG : Treasurer of TADG for two terms, current TADG welfare committee head. introduced golf playing to Guild members. Organizer of TADG golfing tournaments.
Link with TADG : Khai Seng initially began his association with Tung Ann District Guild in the 1960s during his elementary school years. His uncle Chen Jian Kan who initiated TADG’s welfare committee introduced him to TADG activities in Singapore and Malacca. Khai Seng also helped in fundraising events for the Guild and participated in members’ marriage solemnization at the Guild.
Khai Seng worked for many years in former TADG Chairman Sun Bing Yen’s Sim Lim Group. However he only joined TADG in 1988 with his friend Chan Hay Kiong after some persuasion by former Honorary Secretary Chen Song He and upon recommendation by former council member Lin Chen Fu.
Khai Seng is an exponent of Tae Kwon Do since his days at Nanyang University. He was a commando for 12 years during National Service, and he still remembers all the skills that he learnt as a commando: arm-locks to overcome the enemy and how to handle various weapons.
Khai Seng subsequently joined the police force as a volunteer, and he remained there for 11 years, retiring as Assistant Superintendent. Apart from his usual patrols, he was in charge of eliminating illegal racing at the Changi area. It was during this time that illegal horse-betting was rampant. Khai Seng often conducted raids on the illegal betting activities in the eastern areas where he lived. For his own safety, he had to avoid going to the same wet-markets to do his grocery shopping on his off-days.
During that time, it was the family routine every Saturday that his wife would bring his children to the Marine Parade Library, and he would buy groceries at the nearby NTUC Fairprice supermarket, after which he would drive his wife and children home.
It was during one of these Saturdays that his wife and children had to wait for a long time for Khai Seng. When Khai Seng finally turned up, he appeared in different clothes from the ones he went out in.
In fact Khai Seng was busy apprehending three thieves who had conspired to shoplift at the supermarket. Each of the three had taken two bottles of XO and walked out of the supermarket. Khai Seng thus had the opportunity to put his martial arts to good use and after a brief struggle, apprehended the thieves. It was certainly a dangerous operation for Khai Seng alone as the thieves appeared to be armed and had large builds. The police subsequently arrived and arrested the thieves.
However, Khai Seng later observed that the thieves appeared to have other accomplices waiting for them in the car park. To avoid being recognized, Khai Seng quickly jumped into his car, drove home and changed his clothes before picking up his wife and children.
An equaling challenging task was catching snakes. Khai Seng once had to catch a 3m long snake at Goodman Road following a police report at a local resident’s dwelling. Khai Seng had three fellow officers assisting him but unfortunately none of them were trained in catching snakes. Nevertheless, as a police officer Khai Seng knew that ignorance was no excuse. His fellow officers remarked that they were all born in the year of the rat, and rats are all afraid of snakes. Khai Seng was amused, for he was himself born in the year of the rat too. But he was also determined: four rats cannot lose to one snake! The team finally managed to capture the snake after displaying some remarkably spontaneous teamwork: one attacked the snake with a rod, another went back to the station to obtain snake-capturing equipment and so on. Finally, the snake was stuffed into the bag.
The resident was certainly grateful, and he turned out to be none other than the former trustee of TADG’s Mutual Help Section Pang Wen Fu!
Khai Seng is grateful to TADG’s founding members for their selfless generosity and enjoys the warm company of his fellow members. Khai Seng hopes that the next generation may inherit these values and continue the legacy of TADG.
Written by : Lim Li Peng
Translated by : David Liu Dao Wei