Cooking and music cause conflict between neighbours at Marine Parade

Cooking and music cause conflict between neighbours at Marine Parade
A scented candle and a tealight was spotted outside the home to ward off the smell of the elderly couple's cooking.

For the past two months, elderly couple Madam Himadah Hamid and Mr Hussin Ali have been putting up with loud music blasting from their next door neighbour's flat.

The couple, who live on the 15th storey of Block 15, Marine Terrace, also had to live with the smell of incense floating into their two-room flat.

It is a result of burners the family living next door placed in the common corridor, said Madam Himadah, 64.

She and Mr Hussin, 71, also worried about lit candles that were placed near a stack of cardboard which belongs to their neighbour.

Concerned about the safety and well-being of her parents, the couple's daughter wrote about her parents' predicament in a Facebook post last Wednesday.

As of last evening, the post was shared 702 times and received 165 comments.

The couple, however, complained that they had to put up with the elderly couple's excessive cooking and said they were the real victims.

Relations between the neighbours started souring shortly after the family - a Chinese couple in their 40s and a toddler - moved into the unit beside the elderly couple late last year.

Said Madam Himadah: "We started having problems a few weeks after they moved in. Once, I bumped into the wife at the lift and she made a comment about my house having a smell. She asked me why we cook so much.

"I used to cook for my daughter, son and his five kids. I told her if she really wanted, she could complain to the NEA.".

Some time after the conversation, NEA officers visited her flat to check if they were operating a catering business from their two-room flat.

"They did not find any evidence that I was operating a catering business from home," said Madam Himadah.

After NEA officers visited their home, members from the town council and Residents' Committee (RC) also came by to do checks and to try to mediate.

But the two parties have yet to meet face-to-face for a discussion.

Madam Himadah said: "I don't want to talk to them, because I don't want to quarrel. They also look rather intimidating as they often give us unfriendly stares.".

To celebrate Mother's Day, which fell on May 10, Madam Himadah cooked nasi lemak and fried chicken for a gathering at home.

"We heard them slamming the doors very loudly and someone shouting and cursing," she claimed.

Since April, she said she has stopped cooking on a daily basis, in a bid to appease her neighbours. But relations did not get better. Since April, their neighbour propped a portable radio on a window panel of their own flat.

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