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    Aug 15, 2016

    CCTV cameras take centrestage in Teck Whye neighbours' spat

    FIVE surveillance cameras have become the latest point of contention between two neighbours in a Housing Board block.

    One claims they are scaring away potential buyers of his flat.

    The other, a woman, vowed they would be taken down as soon as he has moved out.

    Two of the three cameras at the nearby lift lobby were installed by the town council following his request, Chua Kim King, a crane operator, told Lianhe Wanbao on Saturday.

    "I need to collect evidence of her (the neighbour) splashing oil onto the front of my house," explained Mr Chua, who lives on the 12th floor of Block 105, Teck Whye Lane, reported the Chinese evening daily.

    But the other party, surnamed Lee, said she installed the other three cameras - one at the lobby and two outside her house - for the same reason, claiming that Mr Chua had thrown oil into her flat through the windows.

    Now, according to Mr Chua, the five cameras have become a bane, frightening away four potential home buyers who had come to see his flat in the last two months.

    "Before they even quoted a price, they had already turned cold as she would shout from next door: 'Hurry up! Move out quickly'", said the 62-year-old, who lives with his wife and daughter.

    "With such a person as neighbour and cameras on the corridor pointing at this house, who dares to buy it?" he lamented at the difficulty of selling his 29-year-old home.

    But Ms Lee, 54, claimed it was never her intention to block a sale.

    "Now he blames the failure to sell his house on me.

    "I had told the buyers not to worry as I would dismantle the cameras once he has moved out," the masseuse told Wanbao.

    Health Minister Gan Kim Yong, whose constituency contains the block, disclosed that the Chua Chu Kang Town Council had advised Ms Lee to remove her cameras.

    It had not given approval for their installation.

    "Two cameras at the lift lobby were installed by the town council to deter littering, graffiti and loan shark harassments," Mr Gan told Wanbao.

    The bad blood between the neighbours is said to go back to 2012, about six months after Ms Lee moved in, when Mrs Chua complained aloud of noises from her house.