Clan associations date many many years ago sometime right after Raffles landed (in 1819) and start to develop Singapore. When immigrants started coming, many have never left their home town, most came alone, they were able bodied man who left their Motherland in search for a better living in South East Asia where the spice trades were growing. At that time, communist uprising in china was making the country restless.
The Chinese Clan associations were set up to help theseChinese immigrants also known as”sinkheh”(meaning ‘new guest’ in Hokkien dialect) when they first arrived in Singapore. The clans are normally set up based on their dialect groups.
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