'My mother doesn't think she has a problem'

A house at West Coast, owned by Mr Chng’s family. PHOTOS: COURTESY OF MR CHNG'S FAMILY
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SINGAPORE - Mr Chng, 26, took this video as he carefully made his way up the stairs to his mother's second-floor Chinatown home. There is barely enough space for him to walk, a narrow path on the stairs is flanked on both sides by mounds of stuff.

To the right are boxes stacked shoulder height or higher against a wall. To the left, paper bags and plastic bags packed with unidentified objects are strewn, alongside an assortment of items seemingly picked up from the trash - random bits of paper and empty drink bottles.

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