Gurmit Singh aka Phua Chu Kang quits MediaCorp to spend more time with family

SINGAPORE: Actor-host Gurmit Singh is not renewing his full-time contract with MediaCorp when it expires at the end of the year, so that he can spend more time with his family. 

On Friday, his management issued a press statement stating that from next year, he will be taking on artiste engagements "on a more selective basis". 

In the same statement, Gurmit, 49, was quoted as saying: "I plan to spend more time with my kids, whether it's going on holidays or just being there for them. More importantly I want to date my wife, Melissa, on a regular, frequent basis, because she has been there all this time supporting my full-time career with MediaCorp. It's time that I give back what my family has sacrificed for me these past 20 years."

Gurmit is best known for playing the loud, curly-haired contractor Phua Chu Kang. - File pix

Gurmit and his wife have a 17-year-old daughter, a 13-year-old son, and a baby girl who is 20 months old. 

He is best known for playing the loud, curly-haired contractor with the yellow boots Phua Chu Kang on the long-running local TV sitcom Phua Chu Kang Pte Ltd (1997-2007). 

He is also a familiar face on the TV hosting circuit, helming live shows such as the annual new year's eve countdowns on TV and lifestyle shows such as Our Makan Places: Lost & Found. 

He also took on lead roles in local movies, Taxi! Taxi! (2013) and Everybody's Business (2013).  - Singapore Straits Times/ANN

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