After two years, Madam Siti Hasan has found relief.
She was finally able to crack open the front windows of her three-room flat. The mother of two did that yesterday with a big smile.
Madam Siti, 32, has been living next to one of the filthiest flats around for the last eight years.
But the last two years were especially hard, she said, with cockroaches constantly streaming out of the neighbour's flat into her unit at Block 195, Kim Keat Avenue.
As a result, Madam Siti, her husband and their two children had to arm themselves with cans of insecticide and air fresheners, potpourri and even incense sticks.
The neighbour, who had lived there for about 20 years, had died and his decomposing body was found in his third-storey flat on Nov 18. Seven cats were later rescued from the flat.
Madam Siti's seven-year-old daughter grew up with the stink from next door. Even now, the little girl is rarely separated from her bottle of odour remover.
Madam Siti described her trauma: "Once, I felt so stressed that I left home and went to the nearby supermarket.
"I stood in front of the shelves of insecticides and pest control devices, and cried."
Relief finally arrived on Thursday for residents when cleaners turned up to clear out the trash from the flat.
The New Paper was at the scene yesterday at 11am and we saw cleaners and officials armed with face masks and cans of insecticide. As they inspected the flat, they fought cockroaches and a musky smell that clung onto clothes.