JOHOR BARU - They wanted a quieter life.
So last year, the couple and their family moved out of their five-room HDB flat in Woodlands and rented a semi-detached house for RM2,500 a month (S$965) in the Straits View area in Johor Baru, Malaysia.
But on Sunday night, that tranquillity was shattered when they returned from a wedding ceremony in Singapore to find their three-storey house burgled.
The family lost $10,000 in cash and valuables, and all they got in return was a crowbar left behind by the burglars.
The couple live in the house with their four adult children, a son-in-law and a two-month-old grandson.
The wife, who wanted to be known only as Madam Su, told The New Paper that the burglary has made her reconsider living in Johor Baru.
"Before this incident, I was telling my family and friends that it was good to be living in Johor Baru," the 58-year-old housewife said at their home on Tuesday.
"I never expected something this bad to happen to us. This incident has made me think twice about living here. Now I want to move back to Singapore."
Their Woodlands flat, which they still own, had become too cramped for the large family, she said.
So last year, they moved to Johor Baru. The other family members commute to Singapore for work and school daily.
On Sunday at about 11pm, the family saw a group of neighbours outside as they drove up their street.
"My first thought was that someone had passed away," Madam Su said.
But her curiosity soon turned into shock when she realised the neighbours were standing in front of her home.
She knew no one was home and immediately suspected a burglary when she saw her gate and front door open.
"I started trembling and my family and neighbours had to calm me down," she said.
The family rushed inside and found the house in a mess.
"Cupboards were open and everything was scattered all over the floor," Madam Su said.