Blood seeping through flat's ceiling not structural issue: MP

The blood (above) from an elderly man's decomposing body seeped through the ceiling of a flat below his unit in Tampines last Tuesday because of the porous nature of the concrete. The ceiling of the flat belonging to his neighbour Ms Jamilah (right)
The blood (above) from an elderly man's decomposing body seeped through the ceiling of a flat below his unit in Tampines last Tuesday because of the porous nature of the concrete.PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO
The blood (above) from an elderly man's decomposing body seeped through the ceiling of a flat below his unit in Tampines last Tuesday because of the porous nature of the concrete. The ceiling of the flat belonging to his neighbour Ms Jamilah (right)
The ceiling of the flat belonging to his neighbour Ms Jamilah has since been repainted.PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO

The blood that seeped through the ceiling of a Tampines Housing Board flat last Tuesday - that later led to the body of an elderly man being found in the unit above - was not due to an issue with the ceiling's structural integrity.

Rather, it happened because of the porous nature of the concrete ceiling, Tampines GRC MP Baey Yam Keng told The Straits Times yesterday.

"So there should not be anything wrong with it. Only the toilet area would have a waterproof membrane in the ceiling to keep water from passing through," he said.

He was giving an update on the case in which a 77-year-old man was found dead in a Tampines Street 43 flat.

The blood from his decomposing body had seeped through the floor and dripped from the ceiling of his neighbour's unit below.

Mr Baey added that he had seen similar cases before.

The neighbour, who wanted to be known only as Ms Jamilah, made the grisly discovery last Tuesday morning after noticing a strange smell in her flat. She traced the odour to a dark red liquid dripping from the ceiling of her master bedroom.

The police were called and investigations revealed that the man had died of natural causes.

NOTHING WRONG WITH CEILING

There should not be anything wrong with it. Only the toilet area would have a waterproof membrane in the ceiling to keep water from passing through.

TAMPINES GRC MP BAEY YAM KENG, on the structural integrity of the ceiling.

The ceiling of Ms Jamilah's master bedroom has since been repainted, said Mr Baey in an Instagram post on Sunday, adding: "Although it was not a pleasant experience, Ms Jamilah took it in her stride."

Mr Baey told ST that the HDB repainted Ms Jamilah's ceiling on Saturday, and when he visited her on the same day, it "looked as good as new".

The repainting was done out of goodwill by HDB, and could be done only when the blood had stopped dripping and dried.

He visited the wake of the man, known only as Mr Ho, on Saturday and spoke with his family.

In his Instagram post, Mr Baey said: "According to his children, their father had died of a heart attack and they were looking forward to their weekly family dinner on Jan 30."

Visited family of Ms Jamilah who found blood dripping from her ceiling on 29 Jan. That led to the discovery of the body of her upper floor neighbour, Mr Ho. HDB has helped to repaint her ceiling. Although it was not a pleasant experience, Ms Jamilah took it in her stride. I told her that the late Mr Ho would be grateful and blessing her family for being the first person to alert the authorities of his death. Subsequently, at the wake downstairs, I met the family of the late Mr Ho. According to his children, their father had died of a heart attack and they were looking forward to their weekly family dinner on 30 Jan. Their father has insisted on staying alone as he was familiar with Tampines and had many friends. In fact, contrary to media reports, their father had a very active social life and had many drinking kakis at the nearby coffeeshops. May Mr Ho rest in peace.

Mr Baey told ST that the late Mr Ho insisted on living alone as he had not wanted to leave all his good friends in the neighbourhood by moving in with his children.

 

"He had a very active social life and would spend evenings and nights drinking with his friends at the coffee shop," he added.

"His children told me that his drinking (friends) and even some of the beer promoters came to pay their respects at the wake."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 05, 2019, with the headline 'Blood seeping through flat's ceiling not structural issue: MP'. Print Edition | Subscribe