The year was 1969 when Yeo Eng Meng witnessed his first riot.
This was the year that Neil Armstrong became the first man to set foot on the moon as The Beatles recorded their last ever album together, on the brink of a break-up.
Fast forward forty-four years later, he finds himself confronting demons of a similar kind.
“Whatever they could get their hands on, they threw,” the 63-year-old shop owner recollects.
Sandwiched between the narrow walkways of Chander Road, Eng Meng found himself face-to-face with a frenzied mob.
Encircling his lorry, a mob of six to eight people soon started defacing it by hurling objects onto his vehicle.
Fearing for his life and that of his sister who was also present, he pulled down the shutters of his shop as they both took refuge within its premises.
Senses heightened, as they waited for the commotion outside to dissipate.
“The moment I heard the voices outside die down, I got into my lorry and drove off,” the mild-spoken Singaporean Citizen adds.
Heavily dependent on his lorry for work purposes, his only intention was to salvage whatever that was left of it after the mob had dispersed.
Despite almost being embroiled with the dreadful scenes of the night, Eng Meng still holds onto the belief that there can be no fire without a spark.
“They are definitely not violent people. We need to find out what really happened that night and stop pointing fingers.”