It was reported in the Straits Times that a grandmother, Mdm Tan Teck Soon, sued her two granddaughters when they tried to sell the HDB flat that she was living in.

Here’s a summary of what has been reported:

  • Granddaughters want to sell a 3rm HDB flat that is in their name. Flat is an asset that they inherited from their late father, who died in 2009 of a heart attack.
  • One of the granddaughters said that they should be able to sell since the flat belong to them. She said that she was not working at the moment, and was expecting her second child, and was not taking the money to go and enjoy herself.
  • She also claimed that they had offered Mdm Tan to stay with one of them at their upcoming BTO flat in Choa Chu Kang.
  • However, Mdm Tan argued that for 26 years, she had paid HDB $277 per month in instalments for the flat, paying over $117,000 in all. (The flat is now worth more than 300k.)
  • The flat was bought under her late son’s (i.e. the granddaughters’ father) name, but Mdm Tan said that there was an understanding between the two of them that she was the sole owner.
  • Mdm Tan also added that she had lent $61,000 to her late son when he ran into financial difficulties.
  • Granddaughter disputed this, saying that her late father was the one who made the payments for the flat all along.

And Singaporeans erupted in anger over this:


I must admit, my sympathies are with the old grandmother. However, I also think that we shouldn’t jump to conclusions since we haven’t heard the story from the granddaughters’ perspective.

Let’s hope that this episode will be resolved amicably.


Cover picture from The Straits Times