No more cricket, just the TV

No more cricket, just the TV

He now spends time with family in one-room rental flat

Madam Jeleha Haji Said contacted The New Paper in late June, after the couple had to leave their flat for a smaller one following a family dispute.

Our first visit on July 1 was surprising. Here was the hangman, fighting to hold on to lucidity and squeezed into a one-room rental flat in Woodlands shared with their youngest son, a granddaughter and a domestic helper.

Their three adopted children are now grown up and they have three grandchildren. Their daughter pops by once a week while relations with their eldest son are frosty.

Two single beds sit in a corner on the right of the door. A two-seater sofa sits near the front door with a rubber mat on the side that Mr Darshan Singh usually occupies.

Though small, the flat is kept scrupulously clean by the house-proud Madam Jeleha. Visitors are always offered a drink and food must be served on matching cutlery.

There is no more cricket. These days, Mr Singh spends most of his time in the flat, either on their two-seater sofa before the television set, or in bed, also with a view of the TV set.

Each visit ended with a promise to visit them again. And each visit was followed by several hours of sharing.

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