SINGAPORE- A neighbour who lived two units from Mr Lim Lay Hock on the sixth storey thought that he was poor because he slept on the floor with his belongings next to him.
But Mr Lim's flatmate told her that this was not the case, said the neighbour who wanted to be known only as Madam Chia.
The 70-year-old part-time hawker assistant, who has lived in York Hill - an estate of rental flats in Tiong Bahru - for 16 years, said she often shared groceries with the flatmate.
She said that when she visited their flat earlier this year, she noticed that Mr Lim's clothes and belonging were on the floor.
"I thought he was poor and offered to give him a picnic mat to sleep on," she told The New Paper yesterday evening.
"But his flatmate told me he was not poor - he just insisted on sleeping on the floor."
Mr Lim and his flatmate moved in less than a year ago and were quiet individuals who kept to themselves, she said.
A fourth-storey resident, Mr Joe Ahmad, 40, said the neighbourhood was "scary" until surveillance cameras were installed about two years ago.
"There were frequent fights downstairs among drunk men, mostly in their 30s and 40s," said Mr Ahmad, who has lived in the estate for close to 10 years.
"There was even a stabbing incident in 2007 or 2008."
While Mr Lim's daughter believes he was fatally attacked by a robber, some residents feel their neighbourhood is safe.
One of them, Mr Xu Han Guo, 52, who has lived there for 45 years, said in Mandarin: "I don't feel threatened when I walk around the estate.