Chinatown Complex uncle's towel stall sold out in just 2 days, thanks to supportive S'poreans

A small act of kindness can make a huge impact in one's life.

Zhangxin Zheng | January 20, 2019, 05:28 PM

55-year-old Mr Yoong has been selling towels at Chinatown Complex stall No. 183 to support himself and his two twin sisters with muscular dystrophy.

As the complex is undergoing renovations in March, Yoong's stall will have to close for three months as well.

His story went viral, garnering over 10,000 shares on Facebook.

Overwhelming support

Besides spreading the word, many Singaporeans actually went down to Yoong's stall to buy towels from him.

Photo by Andrew Wong.

Photo by Andrew Wong.

Speaking to on Friday, Jan. 18, Yoong said that he felt overwhelmed, but grateful, at the support he had received.

He did not expect this outpouring of support at all.

Yoong also stated that he does not want any sympathy as he feels he is merely fulfilling his responsibility as a brother.

He also rejected any attempt at donating money from concerned customers.

We interviewed some of the kind-hearted Singaporeans who were there to buy towels on Friday.

Towels out of stock in two days

According to a Mothership reader, Hoe Wan Sin, the towels were sold out when she visited the stall at around 1.30 pm on Sunday, Jan. 20.

From the photo that Hoe shared with us, Yoong's stall was almost empty.

Photo from Hoe Wan Sin.

In a Facebook post, Hoe also mentioned that the uncle refused to "keep the change", insisting on taking only the exact price for the towels.

Here's the full text from the post:

Dear friends, if you are doing your CNY shopping in Chinatown, do drop in at stall 183. Mr Yoong has to support two twin sisters with muscular dystrophy, one of whom is in Cheshire Home. The stall will be closed for 3 months in March for renovations.

When I reached the stall, many of the towels are sold out already. It's heartwarming to see many of my fellow Aunty brigade, from all walks of life, coming to support this hardworking and honest man. Honest because he politely decliined to keep the change, and firmly insisted I take it back so that I can keep the "Huat" in the sale price. This is truly my Singapore, where fellow citizens are generous and kind to those in need.

Yoong will probably take some time to restock his towels.

Also, given that he is minding the stall alone, it might be better to plan your towel shopping at a later date, lest you be disappointed by the towels being sold out again.

Furthermore, if you are buying towels at the stall, it will be helpful to fold the towels nicely before putting them back, just to make his life a bit easier.

The stall will be open till March.

Top photo collage by Andrew Wong and Hoe Wan Sin


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