SINGAPORE: Actor Gurmit Singh 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. – Bernama