PENANG: Singaporean sitcom character Phua Chu Kang went on the famous trisha ride here on the first day of shooting the travel documentary Split Ends yesterday.
Phua, complete with his trademark curly hair, giant mole, long fingernails and yellow boots, took the ride in the inner city of George Town while listening to the songs of legendary singer, the late Tan Sri P. Ramlee.
The popular sitcom Phua Chu Kang star also visited the historical Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion at Leith Street.
Phua, played by Gurmit Singh, and his wife Rosie, played by Irene Ang, arrived here on Friday to film the documentary, which is commissioned by the High Commission of Malaysia in Singapore to promote the themes “Penang, truly Malaysia” and “Malaysia, truly Asia”.
The 30-minute documentary will feature two different groups of travellers – the budget travellers and first-class tourists.
In the Split Ends episode on “Happy Living in Penang” of the show, Phua and his wife had won a budget trip for two to Penang while two other sisters would be enjoying the luxuries in their travel.
It is learnt that the show, produced by MediaCorp Studios Pte Ltd, will be aired over Singapore’s Channel 5 every Tuesday at 9pm from July until August.