No more foul smell, clutter after 12-hour cleanup

Mr Tan Soy Yong's previously cluttered three-room flat in Potong Pasir (above) got a makeover on Sunday (top right) by volunteers from Helping Joy, who also donated household items.
Mr Tan Soy Yong's previously cluttered three-room flat in Potong Pasir (above) got a makeover on Sunday (top right) by volunteers from Helping Joy, who also donated household items.ST PHOTOS: SEAH KWANG PENG, DESMOND WEE
Mr Tan Soy Yong's previously cluttered three-room flat in Potong Pasir (above) got a makeover on Sunday (top right) by volunteers from Helping Joy, who also donated household items.
Mr Tan Soy Yong's previously cluttered three-room flat in Potong Pasir (above) got a makeover on Sunday (top right) by volunteers from Helping Joy, who also donated household items.ST PHOTOS: SEAH KWANG PENG, DESMOND WEE

The clutter has been cleared and brown-stained walls have had a fresh coat of white paint, after a 12-hour cleanup of Mr Tan Soy Yong's home.

The 76-year-old former cleaner was in the news in October, when he was cleaned up by a good Samaritan after being found covered in faeces in public.

When The Straits Times visited Mr Tan and his wife at their three-room Potong Pasir flat then, the floor and walls had been soiled with faeces.

On Sunday, 35 volunteers from informal group Helping Joy, which cleans the homes of low-income families once a month, did a makeover of his flat.

It also donated new and second-hand items such as mattresses, fans and chests of drawers.

"There were many things to clear - lots of old clothes, hats and briefcases," said Helping Joy's founder, Mr Steven Goh, 36.

"Mr Tan and his wife told us that they are happy. There is no more foul smell and no clutter. It is like a totally new house."

PRISCILLA GOY