Appeals for info - In search of biological family
It is the tragic death of his 14-year-old son that set Mr Tan Ah Chai on a search for his biological family.
"My only son died of leukemia," he told us, "I fear that if something happens to me, my wife will be left all alone unless I can reunite with my biological family."
Mr Tan, 48, came to know he had been given away for adoption after his adoptive father died about 25 years ago at the age of 73. Mr Tan then had to handle the family's property and other matters and was told that he was an adopted son. He also realized that he had been adopted as his birth certificate has two names, one by which he is known and the other given when he was born.
Mr Tan, an air cargo agent, said he first started looking for his biological family as his son needed a bone marrow transfer after he contracted the lethal disease in 2000. But Mr Tan could make no progress in his search. His son died in 2003.
Mr Tan has two adoptive sisters, elder to him. His adoptive mother is now 99.
"I hope I can find my biological family members. They could be a great source of strength for me and my wife," he said, adding:
"I will be grateful for any information anyone can give."
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