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Updated: 05/03/2013 19:39 | By Channel NewsAsia

HDB officer says she explained implications of joint tenancy to widow

HDB officer says she explained implications of joint tenancy to widow


HDB officer says she explained implications of joint tenancy to widow

SINGAPORE: The Housing and Development Board (HDB) officer who handled a widow's application to make her two daughters joint tenants of her flat said in court Friday that she had explained the implications of the application to the widow.

Mdm Eileen Chia Yoke Mui, 91, is locked in a family dispute with her two daughters - 62-year-old Yvonne Goh Mei Ling and 52-year-old Yvette Goh Meich'ang - who are denying that they had coerced and misled their mother into making them joint tenants of the five-room HDB flat.

Amy Koh Siew Leng, 35, took the stand as a witness on Friday and said that it was part of her duties as an administrative executive with the HDB to explain the implications of the application.

Mdm Chia had claimed she was not informed of the consequences of the application to make her daughters joint tenants.

Ms Koh however gave a different take of the events which took place on 31 December 2009. Ms Koh has been working at HDB's Clementi branch since 25 May 2009.

The HDB officer said there was no indication that Mdm Chia and her late husband, Mr Dennis Goh Chin Chye, did not understand the implications of their application.

She also added that she would not have processed the application if she felt either of them did not understand her or had appeared inattentive.

Ms Koh is the fourth witness to take the stand in the civil trial.

Earlier in the morning, Mdm Chia was grilled by defence lawyer Alfred Dodwell over the source of the lawsuit.

Mr Dodwell said it was her sons who had "commenced the lawsuit" using their parents' name, and that they had also paid Mdm Chia's legal fees.

Mdm Chia did not dispute this.

Friday's hearing also saw Mrs Yvonne Goh's husband, Mr Andrew James Ross, taking the stand as a witness in the afternoon.

Mr Ross, a Briton, told the court that he "felt very uninvolved in the whole issue".

He added that he knew nothing about the sisters' trip to the HDB office in Clementi until later that day.   - CNA/jc

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