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Monday, 13 January 2014

I heard strange noises coming from the house, says neighbour


KUALA LUMPUR: Even the owner of the house next to a home where five elderly folk were abandoned for two months was unaware that there were people living inside.

The woman who wished to remain unidentified said she was too scared to find out if the strange noises coming from the house were made by ghosts.

“I only told the security guards after my maid repeatedly asked me if I had heard noises,” she said.

Another neighbour, housewife V. Amanda, 57, said she was told that the home and its residents had relocated to Kuala Selangor.

She described the home’s late founder as a Good Samaritan who used to help out those living on the streets.

“There was once between nine and 14 men living in the house,” she said.

Recalling the time when the residents were well taken care of, she said: “I went over once or twice and saw them being fed porridge. I also used to donate food to the home,” she said.

Amanda said the founder ran another home for women in the same area.

“I used to see helpers bringing provisions and food in a trolley from the women’s home to this one in the evenings,” she said.

Businessman C.H. Sue, 33, said people did not know if anyone was staying there because the house was in darkness at night.

However, another neighbour, who declined to be named, said he had noticed someone going to the house carrying provisions in a blue Perodua Kancil.

The car was parked in front of the house yesterday but no one was around.

Inside, the house was filled with rubbish and scraps of food.

There was also a letter of demand dated July 1 last year for rental arrears and utility bills along with an attached police report.

However, the address provided by the home owner in the letter turned out to be an empty second-storey shoplot in Jalan Alor, which was found sealed by metal doors.

The Star also visited the home for the women residents, in Taman Wahyu, and found it abandoned.

Three workers were seen clearing scrap from the corner lot. One of the men told The Star the house belonged to his boss who had rented it out to a welfare organisation.

“I don’t know what they were called but they left sometime ago,” he said.

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