Big money, big fight

Big money, big fight
Roland Tay and Sally Ho.

SINGAPORE - Their divorce was finalised in June. But for undertaker couple Roland Tay, 67, and Sally Ho, 47, it is not the end just yet. He is now suing for the assets accumulated. We take a look at the papers filed in court.

Who is Roland Tay?

Undertaker Roland Tay is known to have handled funeral arrangements of some high-profile cases.

The 67-year-old took care of the arrangements for the funeral of ms Liu Hong mei, a 22-year-old factory worker from China, whose body parts were washed up on the banks of Kallang River in 2005.

He also handled the funeral for eight-year-old China national Huang Na, whose badly decomposed body was found in 2004.

But what is little known is that court documents show he owns or used to own several high-end properties, including apartments at The Sail at marina Bay and Leedon Heights.

His ex-wife, madam Sally Ho, is disputing this in legal proceedings over the division of assets.

According to the court papers, these properties are estimated to be a total of about $20 million, a wealth that belies his humble start in life.

Born the fourth of 10 children to a hawker couple, Mr Tay was given away as a baby to a couple who operated a coffee shop in Lavender Street. He dropped out after finishing his primary education to help at the coffee shop.

He was in his 20s when he took over the coffee shop after his adoptive parents died of stomach cancer.

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