Jalan Besar shophouse to be sold for S$38 million, owner, 92, says he's 'too old' to take care of it

It has three storeys.

Khine Zin Htet | February 13, 2024, 05:03 PM



The owner of the shophouse building in Jalan Besar, which housed the eatery "Authentic Mun Chee Kee King of Pig’s Organ Soup", is selling the property for S$38 million.

The eatery was recently ordered to relocate over concerns that the kitchen wall would collapse after the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) found cracks and dents on the wall of a unit next door.

The 92-year-old owner of the shophouse, surnamed Wen, told Shin Min Daily News that he is selling the building as he is "too old to take care of it".

Buyer found

While the building has not been officially sold, a buyer has been found, Wen told the Chinese paper.

Repair works will be done before the sale, he added.

It was reported that the property would be sold for S$38 million.

Discovered structural problems 6 months ago

The building, which houses three floors and three storefronts, was built by Wen's father in the 1930s, he said.

It is currently under Wen's name.

"I usually entrust a lawyer to help me deal with the building matters. It has been a long time since I have done so," he said.

He said the structural problems with the building were detected six months ago and claimed that he told his lawyer to inform the tenants at that time.

"I don't know why they didn't know the news until January," he added.

Giving money to nieces and nephews

Wen said three generations of his family have been involved in the construction industry.

"My grandpa helped build the Victoria Concert Hall. My father also had his own building company. I have also been in construction project management for decades," he said.

As Wen does not have any children, he is planning to give the money from the sale of the building to his six nieces and nephews who have families of their own.

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