malaymail.com 03 May, 2021 04:15 am

Singapore's Triad Trails: Former secret society members lead tour on Chinatown’s seedy past

Singapore's Triad Trails: Former secret society members lead tour on Chinatown’s seedy past
SINGAPORE, May 3 — Pointing to a row of shophouses along Pagoda Street leading up to Chinatown MRT Station, a heavily-tattooed man tells the group behind him that the shops used to be opium dens in the 19th century. It was a frequent haunt of early Chinese migrants to Singapore, and it is easy to...

The 52-year-old, whose father is French and mother is Chinese, is intimately familiar with the world of drugs and secret societies, having dabbled with them before.The one-hour tour will be led by two former offenders who will explain to participants how secret societies came to be in the area, which has since turned into a popular nightlife haunt.Chiong said that as he researched secret societies in Chinatown, he realised that he understood why early migrants to Singapore joined secret societies upon arriving in Singapore.” Mathieu said he is not hesitant to share his history with strangers as he does not want to put his past behind him.

I try to remember as much as I can,” said Mathieu, who now works at The Living Well Cafe.Participants are promised a “no-holds-barred conversation” with their guides, but one question is off the table, said Mathieu.

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