“Phua Chu Kang” vows to be a better driver and rider

by BERNAMA / pic by TMR FILE

SINGAPORE – Singapore actor Gurmit Singh (picture) who gained fame from the “Phua Chu Kang” sitcom was fined S$800 and banned from driving for three months after pleading guilty to speeding.

Gurmit who has a big following in Malaysia vowed “to do better to be a better driver and rider”.

“Hi everyone. You may or you may not have heard about the news but I just want to say I’m sorry, and I hope to do better. Take care,” he said in his Instagram account.  .

According to The Straits Times, in April Gurmit, 56, was caught driving at about 131kmh along Woodlands Avenue 12 towards Seletar Expressway which has a 70kmh speed limit.

The news report said Singh told the court he heard a “flapping sound” coming from the car earlier while on his way to pick up his 19-year old son, who was doing an internship at the time,

“After I picked him up, I wanted to see if he heard the same sound, and I realised it appeared at 100kmh. I’m not saying I should drive at that speed… but it was just a short spurt,” he was quoted as saying.

The actor was also reported saying he did not know how he had reached 131kmh, and added that it was a “one-off thing”.

He could have been jailed for up to three months or fined up to S$1,000 for speeding while those convicted of speeding more than once may be jailed for up to six months or fined up to $2,000.

The report said the celebrity, whose full name is Gurmit Singh Virk Chainchal Singh, did not have any prior conviction.