When K. Syed Mohamed was born in 1901 in a small village called Pudukkotai District in Tamil Nadu, South India, no one around him would have foreseen that a glorious destiny was awaiting him in another country a thousand miles away. This was especially so in his childhood years, when both his parents passed away, leaving an orphan boy who had to struggle to fend for himself and his sister.
Syed Mohamad was not one to be easily defeated by life. Giving up his primary education, he slogged as a child labourer to make ends meet, and it was not until he reached his teenage years that his life suddenly hit a huge turning point. News of the tempting job opportunities available in Singapore and Malaya came to his attention, and the bold young man knew he couldn’t afford not to go.