Gurmit Singh, who rose to fame acting as contractor named Phua Chu Kang, will end his full-time contract with Singapore’s MediaCorp to spend more time with his family. The break comes after a 20-year successful career. Gurmit, however, is not quitting acting altogether.
“I need to pay them back. If I don’t, I’ll be a horrible father and husband,” he said. “I kept missing important milestones, such as birthdays and anniversaries. I think the audience doesn’t realise this but, sometimes, when I’m hosting a programme, there could be a birthday party for one of my children at home. My family was always supportive and we made do, but I just couldn’t continue this argument within myself.”
Years after the sitcom went off the air, Gurmit is still known as Phua Chu Kang, a testimony to the huge success of the series, popular both in Singapore and Malaysia.
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