Fengshui firm wins suit against customer over $576,000 statue

Fengshui gallery chain Lotus on Water has won its High Court lawsuit against a customer for balance payment of a Goddess of Mercy statue priced at over $576,000.

Giving his decision on Monday, Justice Woo Bih Li ruled in favour of the gallery, rejecting businessman Vincent Ang Chee Soon's contention that the price he paid was for a "package deal" for geomancy services, of which the statue was only a part of.

The judge concluded that the agreement was indeed for the sale and purchase of the statue. The judge also found that the owner of the gallery, fengshui master Cheah Fah Loong, better known as Master Yun, was a more credible witness than Mr Ang.

Mr Ang, in his 50s, had bought the sandalwood statue at the gallery's Marina Bay Sands showroom in March 2011. He made a down payment of $100,000 with his personal credit card. Mr Ang was to pay the rest by October 2011 or when he sold his aluminium factory in Joo Koon, whichever was earlier. When he failed to pay after repeated demands, the gallery sued him for the balance of $476,610.16.