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The Taxi Man's Story

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Very good,Madam.Sure,will take you there in plenty good time for your meeting,Madam.This way better,less traffic,less car jams.Half hour should make it,Madam,so not to worry.

What is it you say,Madam?Yes,yes,ha,ha,been taximan for twenty years now,Madam.Long time ago,Singapore not like this–so crowded so busy.Last time more peaceful,not so much taximen,or so much cars and buses.

Yes,Madam,can make a living.So so.What to do.Must work hard if wants to success in Singapore.People like us,no education,no capital for business,we must sweat to earn money for wife and children.

Yes.Madam,quite big family–eight children,six sons,two daughters.Big family!Ha!ha!No good,Madam.In those days,where got Family Planning in Singapore?People born many,many children,every year,one childs.Is no good at all.Today is much better.Two children,three children,enough,stop.Our government say stop.

Lucky for me,all my children big now.Four of my sons working–one a businessman,two clerks,one a teacher in Primary school,one in National Service,one still schooling,in Secondary Two.My eldest daughter,she is twenty plus,stay at home,help the mother.No,not married yet–very shy,and her health not so good,but a good,obedient girl.My other girl–Oh,Madam!very hard for father when daughter is no good and go against her parents.Very sad,like punishment from God Today,young people not like us when we are young.We obey.Our parents say don’t do this,we never do.Otherwise,the cane.My father cane me,I was big enough to be married,and still,got caning.My father he was very strict,and that is good thing for parents to be strict.If not,young boys and girls become very useless.Do not want to study,but run away,and go to night clubsand take drugs and make love.You agree with me.Madam?Today,young people they are very trouble to their parents.Madam,you see this young people over there,outside the coffee-house?See what I mean,Madam?They are only schoolboys and schoolgirls,but they act like...