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Days are numbered for Tanglin Halt shops and homes

Residents will find it hard to say bye to estate, which is to be redeveloped

Published on Jul 11, 2014 7:22 AM

Anyone walking past Thin Huat provision shop will find it hard to miss the aromas of ground coconut, dried chilli, ginger and ikan bilis laid out in baskets in front.

The rusty shutters and sunken concrete floor are telling of the shop's age, not to mention the lone ceiling fan that wobbles and creaks as it ventilates the room.

Nestled in a block of two-storey shophouses in Tanglin Halt Road, this is where 60-year-old shopkeeper Ang Kah Hee and his family have been selling the same goods since his father began the business 44 years ago.

Many residents rely on the shop for items such as rice, chickpeas, biscuits and coffee powder, which are sold cheaply by 100g; they can even get their groceries delivered for free.

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We depend on regular customers, so we cannot keep the shop if they all move away. Besides, we're getting old and to rent a shop elsewhere would be too expensive."

- Mr Ang Kah Hee, 60, who runs Thin Huat provision shop, does not have to vacate the shop until 2024, but his family plans to wind up the business before that. With him is his wife, Madam Cheng Siew Lian.