Police Put an End to Serial Housebreaker’s Crime Spree

May 5th, 2010

SPF Media Releases
19 Apr 2010
Police Put an End to Serial Housebreaker’s Crime Spree

Police have arrested a 35-year-old Chinese National who is believed to be involved in at least 40 cases of break-ins committed at private residences located at the Rosyth and Seletar Hills Estates.

Between December 2009 and April 2010, a spate of break-ins was reported at the Rosyth and Seletar Hills Estates. Most of these cases were committed between 10pm to 5am. In these cases, the suspect was believed to have scaled the perimeter fencing or walls of the premises and entered the unit via the unlocked sliding glass doors located at the rear of the compounds. In all, cash and other valuables totaling about $21,000 were stolen.

Working tirelessly on all available leads, officers from Ang Mo Kio Police Division conducted a detailed crime analysis and mounted multiple ambushes in the affected estates. Although the culprit remained elusive, the officers persevered and continued with their efforts to apprehend him. The officers’ efforts finally paid off on 19 April 2010 at about 1.30 am, when they saw a suspect climbing over the wall of a private estate in the vicinity of Mimosa Terrace. Springing into action, the officers quickly sealed off all possible escape routes and moved in on the suspect. When the suspect spotted the officers, he attempted to flee but was swiftly apprehended by the officers.

The suspect will be charged in Subordinate Court 26 on 20 April 2010 for Housebreaking and Theft by Night under Section 457 of the Penal Code, Chapter 224. If convicted, he faces a jail term of up to 14 years.

Commander of Ang Mo Kio Police Division, Deputy Assistant Commissioner of Police Hsu Sin Yun, commended his officers for their perseverance and dedication in solving the cases. He would also like to take the opportunity to advise home owners to adopt the following crime prevention measures:

  1. Install good quality locks and grilles to secure your doors and windows;
  2. Lock yourdoors and windows at all times, especially before retiring to bed or when leaving your home unattended, even if it is only for a short while;
  3. Install a burglar alarm or CCTV system;
  4. Keep large sums of cash in banks and expensive jewellery in a safe deposit box; and
  5. Keep a lookout for one another’s home, and report suspicious activities to the Police immediately.

Lifestyle Seletar is here

January 24th, 2010

Well I found another Seletar site cool! It is still under development at time of this post. Hope to see good stuff from them soon!
lifestyleseletar.com
Meanwhile checkout their blog
lifestyleseletar.blogspot.com

Community in Bloom

January 9th, 2010

Community in Bloom , Seletar Hills West, National Parks
by LifeStyleSeletar

Jalan Kelulut Memories by Brian Bridle

January 6th, 2010

I’ve just stumbled across the site seletarhills.com.
Most of the schoolboy memories are relatively recent, whereas mine go back to 1964 when I lived at no 7 Kelulut, which was then on the corner of Kelulut/Resak. From Google earth it would seem that the widening of Yio chu Kang has taken the first bungalow out. This was rented from My Lee the grocer who had a shop further up on the right. My neighbour, no 5, was a local School master, with whom we would while away the evenings playing mahjong. He had a white Alsatian dog out back, and perhaps one of the first Mini’s (blue?). We were mostly RAF in this road with Fred Aries at no 3, (our pilot on 110sqdn helicopters) and the Nav at no 1.
Opposite Kelulut,across the Yio Chu Kang was a petrol station (Esso?) that would service our cars.
Beyond that was grass marsh then the Kampong and coconut trees that were the southern skirt of Jalan Kayu. To the rear of our bungalows could be seen the RAAF Radio station about 3/4 mile away and on the north side of the Y.C.K. road.
Jalan Kayu will always be remembered for its wooden shack shops and local smells of dried fish and various spices. As you enter the village from the Y.C.K ,on the right, was a very talented Tailor who’s suit, stood me in good stead for some time until it “shrunk”, or could it be me spreading? Further up toward the RAF gates was the best Fish&chip shop anywhere. The quality of the fish was outstanding and if customers needed to be attracted he also had a very pretty daughter!
Until the first Monsoon came we thought the large ditches were to collect guys that had yet to “acclimatise” to Tiger.
I have pictures of no 7 and me applying red cardinal polish to the porch, which my Amah found amusing. Also some workers on a ox cart working just opposite.
Regards
Brian Bridle

Though based at Seletar we would go to Paya Lebar, then the civilian airport, usually via Serangoon Gardens to collect others for duty. As we turned left off the Y.C.K. toward Paya Lebar the strong smell of the Durian fruit was always there in the season.
Serangoon mkt was considered a good place to buy meat and veg.


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Seletar Hill residents get catty over strays

April 1st, 2009

Seletar Hill residents get catty over strays
Cat lovers & trappers divided over hygiene & stench problems
By Teh Jen Lee
March 27, 2009

The Electric New Paper

SELETAR Hills Estate residents are getting increasingly divided over stray cats.

On one side are animal activists who insist that it’s fine to keep cats in large numbers. They feed strays and take them home when they are sick.

On the other are neighbours aggrieved by problems such as the stench when too many cats are kept in one place.

Since the start of this year, three of them have resorted to trapping strays and sending them to the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) to be put down.

When 45 cats were found buried in the area, accusations started flying between the two camps.

The New Paper received an e-mail from a resident who accused her neighbours of animal cruelty because they were unhappy with her keeping stray cats. Two of her cats were found with their tails injured.

Another resident was fingered as the culprit for the cat burials because he is known as an avid cat trapper.

Netizens posted his address online and threatened to harm him.

We’re not naming those involved because we do not want to aggravate the situation.

Other residents who are neither cat lovers nor trappers feel caught in the fracas.

Humane

One resident told The New Paper: ‘Cats are okay but it’s more of a cleanliness and hygiene issue when there are many cats in one house.

‘I was told that NEA (National Environment Agency) officers almost puked when they entered (one such) house, so you can imagine how bad it was. The person must be an ardent cat lover to be able to withstand the smell.’

The woman, who requested anonymity, said Jalan Rengas in the estate is famous for its cat stench.

Mr Lim Kuan Zhong, 24, a marketing executive who raises money for stray cat caregivers in Seletar, said: ‘I’m not a resident but I do know there is a conflict. However, I’m for the keeping of community cats.

‘Some problems are due to residents’ intolerance or lack of understanding of what caregivers are doing. They spend money to neuter. I see this as a practical benefit, controlling stray numbers in a humane way.’

Sterilisation also decreases the likelihood of caterwauling, he said.

Caregivers also medicate strays so that disease doesn’t spread to other cats, including domestic cats, added Mr Lim.

He said when strays are adequately fed, they don’t go into people’s houses or rummage through rubbish bins. They help keep the population of rats and pests down.

But what if they are so well-fed that they don’t go after rats? ‘It’s not necessarily true. It’s in their nature to catch lizards, cockroaches, rats and moles, unless they are so overfed and obese that they are sedentary.’

What about cats that defecate indiscriminately?

Mr Lim said: ‘Actually, by natural instinct, they will dig the soil and cover up after defecating. They do this even when they have diarrhoea. However, they may not cover it that well.’

He felt that dog owners who don’t pick up after their pets cause a bigger problem.

What about too many cats in one house?

Mr Lim admitted that more than 30 cats was excessive, but said: ‘There are limited shelters and houses to keep cats in Singapore. The Housing Board should repeal the ban on keeping cats.’

Another Seletar resident, who declined to be named, said a neighbour who lives near a house at Jalan Rengas with 80 to 90 cats told him that four neighbours sold their homes and moved away.

‘The matter has gone all the way to our Member of Parliament but there’s just no solution. It has been a problem for the past five years,’ he said.

The MP, Dr Balaji Sadasivan, told The New Paper: ‘Whenever complaints about cats are received, the complaints are referred to AVA.

‘Cat lovers have also voiced their concern about the need to treat cats humanely and this has also been relayed to AVA.’

When The New Paper visited Jalan Rengas, only one resident was around and willing to speak with us.

Renovation work was going on around the house with many cats and the contractors working next door were acutely aware of the smell.

Mr Xu Shu Long, 46, said in Mandarin: ‘I’ve been working here for almost a week, it’s very bad. This is the smelliest site I’ve worked at since I came to Singapore four years ago. Even in China, such a stench is very rare.’

Mr Percy Jeyapal, chairman of the Seletar Hills Estate Residents Association, takes the position that ‘we must live and let live’.

‘Obviously, we don’t encourage stray cats all over the place as it does propagate disease and can be a nuisance.

‘We must also ensure that cats are not abandoned. Having a large number of cats is a problem but we can’t interfere with people’s lives. Those living close by need to suffer certain inconveniences.’

House visit

Mr Madhavan Kannan, head of AVA’s Centre for Animal Welfare and Control, said those troubled by strays are informed about AVA’s free loan of cat traps and free collection of trapped cats.

‘The borrower is informed to ensure that the trapped cat is not subjected to ill-treatment or injury and that it is an offence to subject an animal to cruelty,’ he said.

For complaints on a large number of cats in a house, an AVA officer will visit to check on the number of cats and their welfare, and advise the owner to confine them within the premises, sterilise them and also to reduce the number by re-homing them.

Mr Jeyapal said owners must show some responsibility on hygiene and smell issues.

He said: ‘If they can’t manage… then they have to keep cats in moderation.

‘Those with more than 30 cats, we acknowledge their love for cats, but there must be some places such as farms where cats can have a better life.’

Paul Warner’s memories

March 15th, 2009

I know Paul Warner, and since he used to live at Jalan Lekub, I thought I’d add his story.
Originally posted on Jalan Kayu Trail : Being different and yet the same – Paul Warner shares his memories of being a “foreigner” in the Singapore heartlands



Paul Warner lived in his early years around the Jalan Kayu/Yio Chu Kang area and attended a Singapore government school – Parry Primary. His shares his experience of being the only Caucasian “Ang Mo” amongst his Singaporean classmates in school.

If I was a conspiracy theorist I would be under the impression that sinister forces are at work removing all traces of my childhood!

In the excellent Jalan Kayu trail blog, you mention that Boh Sua Tian Road no longer exists. I remember it well, a long twisting narrow road tunelling its way through a canopy of trees and jungle. Take the road from Jalan Kayu and you could, if you didn’t get lost, exit it at the other end of Yio Chu Kang towards the old Nee Soon.

However, returning to disappearing land marks you can add to the list Jalan Hwi Yoh, located opposite Parry Avenue, across the junction from Yio Chu Kang Road, and Jalan Kayu School which has now been submersed beneath the TPE.

But not everything has gone and my primary school is still in one piece, although the name has changed which is a small price to pay considering what the onslaught of change and development nromally results in.

Parry Primary Days
I remember Parry School before its name-change from Parry Avenue Boys’ School. PABS, Perseverance Always Brings Success, was the school motto. The school song even began with the lines: ‘We students of PABS, shall persevere and do our best …”

What strikes me most on the few occasions I’ve driven past the school is how the skyline has completely changed. Gone are the jungle, coconut trees and dusty paths leading to isolated kampongs to be replaced by tower block after tower block of HDB apartments. That’s best illustrated in the photograph taken of myself and five of my classmates. They are (from left to right) Isnin, Vela, Khamis, myself, Thalib and Mohan.

Behind the school was Parry Girls which has amalgamated with the boys’ school to become Parry School and beyond that lay woodland and thick scrub, dotted with atap houses and abandoned buildings. I recall on one of our science club expeditions we visited a tow gay (bean sprout) farm where big Chinese jars were used to grow the shoots. All have now disappeared into the mists of time.

Being different and yet the same
So what was it like being a ‘foreigner’ in a local school? Well, as a young child I didn’t know any different and I just saw myself as one in the same as all my classmates. I learnt Malay as my second language, so I did gravitate towards the Malay and Indian pupils. Some of them lived in Jalan Kayu and the school bus would pick them up each morning or afternoon on our way to Parry.

I must have sub-consciously known I looked very different and came from a Western culture by my nick names like ‘Mat Salleh’ and ‘Ang Mo’ which I took in good spirit and never felt offended by. In fact, I am occasionally addressed by those names even today. I remember being starred at a lot more particularly when I ventured on to a HDB estate, but nowadays Westerners are a common sight in these areas with many of them making their homes in government housing.

Games from days gone by…
Fun and games 30 years ago was low tech in the extreme compared with today. No Nintendo or PS3 to keep us entertained during recess or before school started. It was games like police and thief (catching) and in a not so politically correct manner, it was always Chinese boys versus Malay boys.

Other games included kuti kuti (pushing playing cards along the ground and trying to get your card to overlap your opponents) and yeh yeh (a skipping game where the rope was made out of rubber bands).

They were also some curious things we had to do then which would appear slightly bizarre today. For example, on Fridays after recess we would all have to squat in front of our school and brush our teeth, while in the mornings, before class, they were some exercise routines which had to be completed, I guess, to get us physically as well as mentally fit for the day ahead.
We also had regular deliveries of cartons of milk and it was probably the first time I tasted banana and strawberry flavoured ‘white stuff’. There were no photocopiers, so test and exams papers were produced on a hand-cranked stensil machine.

And everyone knows about the national courtesy campaign. Add to that the Use Your Hands Campaign where we all came into school one Saturday and carried out a range of chores like sweeping and pruning hedges.

Jalan Kayu…those were the days
While school life then was very different to what it is now, Jalan Kayu as I remember it has completely been wiped out.

I was in a taxi once and on our way to Jalan Kayu the driver commented it was an area of ‘Indian-control’. And that’s how I remember it. One of the most well-known roads there was Lorong Tanggam where a kampong was located.

There were two bicycle shops, a wet market and even a bakery which did lovely fresh bread. CP Lim’s in Holland Road used to have a branch in Jalan Kayu for the airbase clientele. There was also a Chartered Bank and several record shops selling rows and rows of pirated casette tapes for $2.50 or $5.

There was also the ‘First to Bata, then to School’ shop and many grocery, clothes and electrical shops. A real hub of business activity, but sadly the only shops that remain are located in the concrete buildings (where Thesavi is trading).

Parked up buses and lorries have taken over the empty land where once old wooden shop houses stood.

Thesavi was then located nearer to the airbase before it moved to its present location at the other end of Jalan Kayu. There was also a bus terminus outside the air base and some apartments called Pouldon Court on the left hand side just after you came out of the airbase.

The airbase itself has changed little although when I first moved there I noticed a lot more trees which have gradually been felled over the years.

We used to ride our BMX bikes in a place we called ‘Mud Cave’ just behind Hyde Park Gate . It overlooked the runway and control tower but since 9/11 a fence has been erected and it is no longer possible to venture close to the facility. In fact in those days, you were able to ring a bell to ask for permission to walk, but mainly to cycle, across the runway.

The most exciting thing to ever happen there was when a Vietnamese plan was hijacked and it landed at Seletar. That was in 1978 and I remember dozens of 999 vehicles racing to deal with the emergency. Luckily everything ended peacefully.

I remember the stench from the pig farms which were located further up Jalan Kayu, in the Farmway area, towards Yio Chu Kang Road. When the wind blew in a particular direction we could smell it from our home in Edgware Road.

There were also orchid farms, with a much more tolerable aroma, and even a large pond, opposite the Esso garage.

That area, now known as Fernvale and where Pei Hwa School is located, was completely overgrown and I remember there being rows and rows of rubber trees a bit further on. There were a few families who lived up there and our school bus used to drive up these gravel paths to pick the children up.

I recall there being a mechanics workshop and scrapyard on the corner of Jalan Kayu and Yio Chu Kang. I remember the Seletar market (now closed down and deserted) being opened in about 1975.

Before we moved to Jalan Kayu we lived in Seletar Hills (Jalan Lekub) and I also remember there being a tobacco plantation and I was fascinated by the huge green leaves.

It is amazing how in a space of 30 years a sizeable area has been completely transformed from a rural community to a thriving 21st century metropolis. Only in Singapore!

FRIENDSHIP in this estate is BLOOMING

March 15th, 2009

Interesting as I did now know that we had an East and West, I always knew it as Seletar Hills and the “New Estate” (that being any thing between from Seletar Road to Ang mo Kio Ave 5)
The Electric New Paper : FRIENDSHIP in this estate is BLOOMING

Mini pavement gardening brings Seletar Hills West residents together
SHE did not know any of her neighbours, but that did not stop Mrs Chew Swee Liang from going door to door trying to convince them to transform the drab, grey pavements outside their homes into blooming gardens.
By Genevieve Jiang
08 April 2008

SHE did not know any of her neighbours, but that did not stop Mrs Chew Swee Liang from going door to door trying to convince them to transform the drab, grey pavements outside their homes into blooming gardens.

The 72-year-old retired physiotherapist gathered more than 170 signatures of support from residents living along Mimosa Crescent, where she lives, and the nearby Nim Road and Neram Crescent in the Seletar Hills West estate.

That was three years ago.

Today, the estate – made up mostly of bungalows – boasts colourful roadside gardens.

And the residents have not just beautified the neighbourhood, they have found friends.

Mrs Chew said: ‘I have lived here for close to 11 years, and only said ‘Hi’ and ‘Bye’ to my next-door neighbour.

‘It wasn’t until three years ago, when this project was started, that residents along the entire road started to interact.

‘And today, we’re a community of best friends.’

The project started in June 2005 after Mrs Chew was inspired by reports about the Mayfair Park estate, where residents had been growing vegetables on a small plot of land.

The cracked pavements outside her home also spurred her into action.

Mrs Chew said: ‘I found the cracked pavements a bit of an eyesore and thought, when the authorities start repairing them, why not create some space for mini pavement gardens at the same time?’

AUTHORITIES LEND A HAND

So she met with her Member of Parliament, Dr Balaji Sadasivan, and sought the approval of the Seletar Hills West Neighbourhood Committee.

She called The National Parks Board (NParks), and it advised her to seek the approval of her neighbours.

She distributed fliers. But at the start, only three residents responded.

So she went door to door and managed to convince more than 30 households along Mimosa Crescent to agree.

Mrs Chew also liaised with the Land Transport Authority to allow sunken plots called ‘planters’, measuring 1m-by-4m, on the pavements.

NParks then spread topsoil over the plots.

The residents went to work, and five months later, slabs of grey concrete were replaced by lush greenery and bright flowers.

That same year, Mrs Chew and her neighbours took part in the NParks’ inaugural Community In Bloom (CIB) Awards, where prizes were given to estates and schools with the best gardens.

They were awarded a certificate of accomplishment.

After that, Mrs Chew and her neighbours roped in more residents at Nim Road and Neram Crescent.

The project has since snowballed.

Today, four roads – more than 170 households – are involved in the project.

In 2006, the group came in second in the CIB awards. Last year, they clinched two golds and a bronze at the NParks’ Gardener’s Pride contest.

They have even extended their gardening efforts to the nearby Mimosa Park. And now, Mrs Chew hopes to spread the gardening bug to all 35 roads throughout Seletar Hills West.

Over the past three years, the residents’ shared passion for gardening has also allowed their ‘kampung spirit’ to blossom.

Mrs Louisa Ng, a retiree in her 60s, who has been living along Saraca Road for 17 years, said: ‘In the past three years, we’ve grown so close that we have meals together and exercise together almost every other day.’

And it is common for neighbours to visit each other whenever one of them falls ill.

When Mrs Ng’s granddaughter sprained her ankle last year, Mrs Chew helped massage the girl and gave her tips on how to get better.

Another resident, Mrs Rena Li, 62, who runs her own business, said: ‘A few days ago, my mother-in-law fell and had a bump on her head.

‘I immediately called Mrs Chew for advice on how to bring down the swelling.

‘It is true that in times of emergency, your neighbours are more important than your relatives. I have no doubt that my neighbours will stand by me when I need help.’

DJ Yukun and his music

March 9th, 2009

Hmm DJ Yukun, I believe you be a fellow parkboy.
I listen to his podcasts on my phone, great music for a journey to and from work!
http://progressions.blogspot.com/
DJ Yukun
Send an email to parkboy at seletarhills.com or post a comment.

Seletar Cat Killer pt2

March 2nd, 2009

It seems a local resident has been “fingered” as the prime suspect.
I don’t blame them, but I’ll not cast any aspersions. Read on and come to your own conclusions.
The Electric New Paper : SELETAR CAT MURDER : THE CAT TRAPPER

Mr Tan Tuan Khoon Cat Trapper

I’m not the cat killer
Animal activists point finger at man who has trapped over 300 cats to be put down
HE ADMITS he’s responsible for the deaths of at least 300 stray cats.

By Teh Jen Lee
14 February 2009

HE ADMITS he’s responsible for the deaths of at least 300 stray cats.

And yes, he lives in the Seletar estate area, where the bodies of some 45 cats were found buried two weeks ago.

But Mr Tan Tuan Khoon said he’s not the cat killer that some netizens have fingered as the prime suspect in the shocking Seletar cat deaths.

Since The New Paper reported the case on 2 Feb, netizens have been busy speculating who could be behind the killings, in forums such as Hardwarezone.com and Singapore Cats.

The comments were often emotional and sometimes vicious. One writer even suggested that Mr Tan should be ‘put to sleep instead’.

Another, ProjectMayhem, wrote: ‘This is not just the work of someone who does this malicious act to seek the pleasure of inflicting pain but rather (it’s) a mass genocide in a bid to control the cat population.’

It may not matter so much that words are being bandied about with no great regard for what they mean.

But perhaps it does matter that the writer refers to a ’strong feeling’ that Mr Tan is related to the incident and gives Mr Tan’s home address on the forum.

Another writer, Fluffy, said: ‘This man in the street is a killer, a serial killer to creatures smaller and defenceless to him, a bully murderer in our midst.’

Mr Tan, 62, who retired from working as marketing manager for an engineering company 10 years ago, said he had nothing to do with the case of the dead cats.

But he does not hesitate to say that he has been trapping stray cats since the 1990s, using his own cages and those provided by the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA).

He then hands the cats over to AVA to be put down.

‘I stopped counting after I trapped around 300 cats,’ said Mr Tan, who e-mailed The New Paper with his theory that the cats were killed by people who were fed up with problems caused by stray cats.

‘What I do is humane’

Mr Tan insisted that trapping and putting down cats is actually the humane thing to do.

This stems from his observation that stray cats generally have a shorter lifespan because of the hazards they face on the streets.

Mr Tan, who feels that stray cats should not be fed, poses this question: ‘Who is the cruel party – the one who humanely shortens their suffering or the one who feeds them and prolongs their suffering?’

Experts The New Paper spoke to said that stray cats tend to live shorter lives than indoor cats, but their lifespan can vary greatly.

Mr Tan claimed he used to keep cats and dogs when he was younger, but gave it up when he started travelling for work.

He started his trapping campaign because he was fed up with cats who defecated in his garden and driveway.

He also faced problems with cats who had kittens in the space between his roof and ceiling.

‘The plywood ceiling boards gave way because of that. Also there were cats who chased my pet rabbit,’ said Mr Tan, whose two adult children are studying or working abroad.

Mr Tan, who used to be a committee member of the Seletar Hills Estate Residents Association, lives with his wife, who works as a secretary, and his maid.

Mr Tan also believes that HDB flat dwellers should be allowed to keep cats.

Under current rules, cats are not allowed to be kept in HDB flats.

This is because of the high-rise, high-density of flats, which makes residents ‘more prone to disamenities caused by their neighbours’, said an HDB spokesman.

‘In setting the rules on pet ownership, HDB’s principal consideration is to preserve a pleasant living environment and good neighbourly relations. We need to strike a balance between residents who are pet lovers and those who are more sensitive to the disamenities caused by animals,’ the spokesman added.

In spite of this, HDB said it receives an average of about 40 complaints each month on cat-related matters.

Problems include the shedding of hair and defecation by cats in public areas, as well as noises disturbing residents’ sleep.

Mr Tan, however, said: ‘HDB always says that cats wander and cause a nuisance. The root of such complaints is actually irresponsible owners who don’t bother to train their cats.’

Besides changing HDB’s law on keeping cats, Mr Tan wants proper regulations to ensure responsible ownership of cats.

He said: ‘There should be limits on the number of cats that can be kept in one household. We have that for birds like chickens and ducks, why not for cats?’

Ms Sandy Lim, founder of SOS Animals, however, does not agree with Mr Tan’s drastic approach of trapping and putting down cats.

She said: ‘He has a serial culling background. I’ve also heard negative feedback about how he traps cats…

‘So I feel he’s in no position to talk about the welfare of community cats in Singapore.’

Seletar Cat Killer

March 2nd, 2009

It seems our little estate has gain noteriety for the bodies of some 45 cats were found buried.
Many posts on forums and blogs have spoken out against this mass killing of cats.
Below is the article that ran in the New Paper on Feb 3rd 2008
The Electric New Paper : On trail of Seletar cat killer

03 February 2009

THEY looked like ordinary trash bags lying along Seletar Road, waiting to be picked up by the waste collection truck.

But they contained the bodies of cats, carefully sealed in plastic containers or bags.

It is understood that there could be up to 45 cat carcasses in the bags.

They were dug up by the police, after getting a call.

It’s not known who killed the cats. Or why. Or how.

But it appears to have been the worst mass killing of cats that Singapore has seen .

There are few clues, and it is not even clear yet exactly when the cats died.

It is illegal for anyone but trained veterinarians to put down any animal in Singapore.

The New Paper was tipped off by the Society of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) about the grisly finds.

SPCA understands that a woman caller, believed to be a resident of Seletar estate, had alerted the police to the stench.

SPCA took some of the dead cats to the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) Animal & Plant Health Laboratory to see if a post-mortem can be carried out.

Three of them, said executive officer Deirdre Moss, ‘were in a white plastic box securely taped on all sides’.

She said: ‘The SPCA is urgently appealing for witnesses to come forward, who may have seen any persons burying the bags in the different locations along Seletar Road.’

Following the examination of the three bodies, the SPCA veterinary report found that the cats were likely to have been dead for at least a week.

Further investigation would be necessary by way of a post-mortem to establish the cause of death.

The police informed SPCA around 8.20pm on Thursday night that ‘45 dead cats had been buried in the vicinity of 1 Stratton Place, along Seletar Road, within Seletar estate’.

Holes in the ground

When The New Paper went to Seletar Road on Friday morning to investigate, we found 13 bags lying along the road. They were in three separate locations within a distance of 500m.

This was after the SPCA had removed some of the carcasses.

Near the bags were holes that had been recently dug up, measuring about 30cm deep.

Someone had taken the trouble to bury the cats. But why? And how did the animals die? Was it painfully?

Ms Moss said: ‘The cats have been dead for a number of days and this may hamper establishing the cause of death for these animals.’

The stench of the decomposing bodies was overpowering.

With plastic bags acting as gloves, The New Paper team opened up one of the black plastic bags found at the end of Seletar Road, near a construction site.

We found a dog-food plastic bag inside, that had been taped securely. When we opened that bag, we found another layer of red plastic.

But at the bottom of the bag we opened, we could see some dark brown liquid that had possibly seeped out from the decomposing body.

By then, the smell had become unbearable and we decided to stop because if the liquid spilled out, the stench would have affected the surrounding residential area.

A Bangladeshi construction worker who declined to be named said the police were there at 9am on Friday, but he didn’t know what they were looking for.

‘I didn’t hear anything about dead cats,’ he said.

Said a 36-year-old Sri Lankan domestic helper living across from where the bags were found, who gave her name only as Mala: ‘It was very smelly this morning. While I was watering the plants around 7am, I could smell something but I didn’t know what it was.

‘I’ve never seen people keep cats around here.’

Her employer, Mr Kish Ranai, 50, told The New Paper that his neighbours had called the police because they had noticed the foul smell.

‘The first time I smelled it was yesterday evening when the police were around and they were digging up the bags. I didn’t know that they contained cat carcasses,’ he said.

‘I’ve been a resident here for more than 15 years and it’s the first time something like this has happened. It’s cruel. Those culprits must be dealt with.’

He wondered aloud why the cats were not sent to SPCA to be put down humanely.

The New Paper’s efforts to speak to the neighbour who called the police were unsuccessful.

Mr Justin Chiam, 20, a jogger who happened to be passing by, noticed the strong stench.

‘It’s my first time jogging here and I noticed the smell immediately. This is animal cruelty,’ he said.

A spokesman for AVA said they received a total of 10 cat carcasses submitted by SPCA on Friday.

Preliminary examination indicated that all 10 carcasses were in a highly decomposed state. Post-mortem examination is still ongoing.

AVA will investigate all reports of animal cruelty.

For an investigation to be meaningful and productive, the report should be accompanied by sufficient evidence that an act of animal cruelty has been committed and information that could lead to the identity of the perpetrator, said AVA.

Witnesses willing to testify in court against the perpetrator will help in the prosecution.

Anyone found guilty of animal cruelty can be fined up to $10,000 or jailed 12 months or both.

Members of the public can contact the SPCA at 62875355 extension 9.

Ms Moss said: ‘We’re desperately hoping that someone will come forward and shed some light on this horrific find.’

MYSTERY 1

Who called and left details about dead cats?

MYSTERY 2

Why bury them in a row along a road within sight of others? Killer ignored dump at construction site nearby.

MYSTERY 3

Why were so many bags used to wrap dead cats?

MYSTERY 4

Where did all the dead cats come from?