Mini 'Haw Par Villa' in despair

Mini 'Haw Par Villa' in despair

What is left of a huge garden that once belonged to Madam Chung Khin Chun is still a sight to behold.

But it seems the colourful miniature buildings and figurines - resembling those at Haw Par Villa - which dot the 32,000 sq ft compound have fallen into disrepair.

About the size of 30 five-room Housing Board flats, the land in Seletar Hills Estate houses a single-storey bungalow and an outhouse used as an art gallery.

The compound, which has 864 years left on its 999-year lease, used to be more than twice its current size. Its backyard garden, which used to have durian and rambutan trees, a lily pond, rock paths and figurines of animals, was sold for $7.6 million in 2004 to a developer which built 25 terrace houses.

Madam Chung's former driver, Mr Jarudin Mustafa, who also doubled as her gardener, tended to the garden for 30 years, until he stopped work in 2009. The original garden was so large that he even roped in his wife, Madam Saripah Kamsah, to help. "It was very big, but beautiful," the 80-year-old told The Straits Times on Wednesday.

This article was first published on September 05, 2014.
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