KUALA LUMPUR - They knew something was wrong but they didn't do anything.
But as news of a boy's body found buried under a kitchen floor shocked the nation, people living just meters away said they were not surprised.
"I knew there was something not right about them," was the first thing several neighbours said when asked about the reclusive family.
Jalaluddin Taib, 41, said he thought it strange that the boy spent most of his time in the kitchen.
"My kitchen faces their kitchen and I always see him there.
"Every evening, he would go out the back door to buy food for himself, always looking sad and alone," he said.
He said when he saw police entering the house, he knew something had happened to the boy.
When asked why he didn't do anything to help or talk to the boy, Jalaluddin's wife whispered; "We were scared. We didn't want to be called busybodies".
Jalaluddin and his wife said they did not hear any screaming or crying coming from the house.
"We would have done something if we did, but it was always very quiet," he said.
Another neighbour, who did not want to be named, claimed that the parents of the boy were rarely home.
"The father only came back once a week, but I heard the voice of another man in the house sometimes. I never saw the mother.
"I don't have time to worry about other people. I have my own family to look after," she said.
Another neighbour who earlier claimed that he heard children crying and being beaten, closed the door when approached.
Other neighbours claimed not to have noticed or heard anything from the house, but some said that they suspected something was wrong with the family.
"They caught the father and mother I heard. Why are you still asking? I don't know anything," said one of them.