Gurmit Singh, actor in COVID-19 jingle, fined $800 for speeding

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Gurmit Singh at State Courts to face a charge of speeding on 8 June 2021. (PHOTO: Yahoo News Singapore)
Gurmit Singh at State Courts to face a charge of speeding on 8 June 2021. (PHOTO: Wan Ting Koh/Yahoo News Singapore)

SINGAPORE — Local actor Gurmit Singh, who was recently featured in a viral COVID-19 vaccination jingle, pleaded guilty on Tuesday (8 June) to speeding at 131kmh and was fined $800.

Singh, 56, attended his hearing at the State Courts to receive the charge, which is a breach of the Road Traffic Act. He was also disqualified from driving for three months.

Most famous for playing the role of loud contractor Phua Chu Kang on TV, Singh left broadcaster Mediacorp in late 2014 after he decided not to renew his contract so that he could spend more time with his family.

Actor Gurmit Singh recently appeared in a government advertisement urging residents to get their vaccine shots. (SCREENSHOT: Gov.sg/YouTube)
Actor Gurmit Singh recently appeared in a government advertisement urging residents to get their vaccine shots. (SCREENSHOT: Gov.sg/YouTube)

In the jingle, which was reported in local and global media outlets, Singh reprised his persona of Phua Chu Kang and urged residents in Singapore to take the threat of COVID-19 seriously by taking vaccination shots. 

According to the charge sheet, Singh was driving along Woodlands Avenue 12 towards Seletar Expressway at a speed of 131kmh on 12 April at about 9.30pm, in excess of the legal speed limit of 70kmh on the road. Yahoo News Singapore understands that Singh was driving an Audi car at the time of the incident. 

Singh told the court in mitigation that he was driving to fetch his son from his internship workplace when he heard a "flapping sound".

"After I got him, I wanted him to hear the same sound and I realised it comes out at 100kmh. I am not saying that I should drive at that speed....but it was a short spurt... I don't know how it (reached) 131kmh," said Singh, who said he wanted to tell the court he was not a "reckless driver".

In reply, District Judge Salina Ishak told Singh that he was putting his son in danger.

Singh replied, "I understand and I regret doing what I did."

Singh told the judge that his wife had driven him to court, and that he hoped he could keep his driving license and pay a fine.

For speeding, Singh could have been jailed up to three months or fined a maximum $1,000 on a first offence.

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