Loh Guan Liang


Mr. Ragesh Veerasamy returned home at 6:08 pm on 10 November 2014 to find blood on his door. He later confirmed that it was paint.

According to the junior college student who stayed on the same floor, she was studying alone with her headphones on and did not hear anything unusual. Their rumpled blouses and tousled hair say otherwise.

The neutered neighbourhood tabby saw a can on the ground floor. As it wasn’t food it couldn’t be bothered.

The six-month-old Chinese baby who lived adjacent to the junior college student spotted a man in a helmet walk past the victim’s door. The man had a Pizza Hut box. He remembers the pizza because his parents do not buy him any.

A sixty-four-year-old Malay man believes he saw a Malay boy in a motorcycle helmet and a skull tattoo on his wrist loitering at the ground floor lift landing. He also believes his daughter-in-law is instigating his eldest son to throw him in a home.

The Aedes mosquito refused to comment. Its refusal to assist in investigations has been referred to the relevant agency.

Mrs. Veerasamy thinks this is all a joke, including the victim. Her nails are red.

Three primary school boys playing football at the void deck saw Mr. Veerasamy with a can of paint on the afternoon of the incident. They deny smelling of cigarettes.

The Filipino helper staying with the six-month-old Chinese baby heard a splash outside the victim’s door at the time of the incident. When asked who she was on the phone with, she did not answer. A notice to Singtel has been made to tap her line.

A pair of Renoma boxers shooting the breeze from the fifteenth floor window spotted Mrs. Veerasamy walking to the parking lot with bloody hands after the incident.

Loh Guan Liang

Loh Guan Liang is the author of the poetry collection Transparent Strangers (Math Paper Press, 2012) and the co-translator of Art Studio (Math Paper Press, 2014), originally written in Chinese by Singapore Cultural Medallion recipient Yeng Pway Ngon. His poems appear in various publications, including Communion (Australia), Enizagam (US) and Quarterly Literary Review Singapore. His works have also been featured in the Singapore Memory Project and The Substation Love Letters Project.