"When Norman Sawi, a journalist at the Berita Harian newspaper, wrote the bilingual book 10 Inspiring Fathers, he was struck by what the different fathers profiled have in common.
It mostly, however, features ordinary fathers who are not famous names – one who worked a few jobs to support his family, another who fought kidney failure, diabetes and other ailments and cherishes his time with his children.
Norman, 37, wrote the book, which is in Malay and English, with the help of the Association of Muslim Professionals and the Centre for Fathering. He says it is aimed at the wider Singapore community.
The two organisations, which provide parenting tips in the book, are partnering Berita Harian, the local Malay daily, to promote fathering, especially in the Malay community, says Norman, who is married with a two-year-old son.
He adds: "The common bond the fathers in the book have is that they are always driven by their love for their families."