Australian newspaper, The Australian, reveals this in a story about the man who will perform the execution of Australian drug trafficker Van Tuong Nguyen. Until now, I don't believe we have ever seen Singapore's Chief Executioner, Darshan Singh.
I understand from the story that it has been hard to find his replacement, which is why he is still being asked to hang criminals at age 73.
Some of Singapore's top civil service jobs are hard to find replacements for, it seems. Hey, maybe that's why some of our talents are employed waaaaay beyond retirement age.
Mr Singh has officially retired from the prison service but is called upon to carry out executions, for which he receives a fee of $S400 ($312).
Until now, his identity has been a closely guarded secret in Singapore...
...A colleague and close friend, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, told The Australian that Mr Singh wanted to give up his hangman's responsibilities and live quietly in retirement but the authorities were having trouble finding anyone to replace him.
"He tried to train two would-be hangmen to replace him, a Malaysian and a Chinese, both in the prison service," the colleague said.
"But when it came to pulling the lever for the real thing, they both froze and could not do it.
"The Chinese guy, a prison officer, became so distraught he walked out immediately and resigned from the prison service altogether."...
...Mr Singh reportedly spends time getting to know the condemned prisoners, especially those who do not receive visitors or religious support.
"He is a very kindly man and although it's his job to end their lives he does feel for them," his friend said. "Mr Singh tries to comfort them if they are completely alone in the world at such a horrible time."
(Thanks to reader sha for the link. Someone also submitted it to Tomorrow.sg)