31-year-old Mr Wang saw an ad in Februaery for a bed space at an apartment and jumped at it since the rent was only S$240 a month.
Not to mention, it was a condominium unit in Balestier.
After seeing the place, Wang must have really jumped – it was cramped with up to 30 other people, and his “bed space” was a bed with only a mat on top.
Wang thought he could tahan this so he gave it a shot.
“There were 2 common rooms and each room had a 4 double-decker beds so 8 people slept in a room. The master bedroom was bigger and 10 people slept inside. The living room was partitioned into 3 mini-rooms spaces and a husband and wife couple slept in each of the spaces.”
Wang says a mix of men and women slept together in the same rooms.
When he rented his bed space, the person who claimed to be the landlord said he owned 5 out of the 16 units in the condominium.
He showed Wang other units, where each of the mini-rooms in the living room housed 4 people, bringing the total number of people living in each unit to 30.
He said the place was too unhygienic and bad for health.
“Cockroaches all over the kitchen, sometimes they crawl on you. The corridor is filled with a lot junk and I don’t think anyone will make it out alive if there’s a fire.”