09 Jul '11, 9pm

He aims to channel S$1 million of his personal wealth to charity:

He left school at the age of 14, taking on odd jobs to supplement the family income. Dropping out of Whitley Secondary was not a tough choice for Mr Mohamed Abdul Jaleel to make back in the 1970s - his father ran a sundry shop near Stamford Road and, despite slogging long hours without an assistant, his income of S$6 to S$7 per day was not enough to feed the family of seven. The family did not own or rent a place, sleeping instead on plywood or table-tops at his father's shop and bathing in public places. So Mr Jaleel, the only son out of five children, took it upon himself to grow the domestic kitty. He earned about $3 a day serving tea, sweeping, and washing dishes. He was without much education, but the young lad knew he wanted greater things out of life. "I told my father, 'I don't like to be in the shop from morning till night, it's like a prison'. I wanted something ...

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