In the days of rickshaws and coolies, at a time when Singapore was a part of the Straits Settlement, clan associations were formed to help fellow immigrants in need — to provide warm meals, to help members find a place to stay at, to connect them with work and training for a better future.
Clans were, and continue to be, an extended family. They’re about finding your people and giving them a leg up. They’re about kinship. About unity. And if you look closely, you’ll see they’re all around us.