Phua Chu Kang Features in a Catchy COVID-19 Video

Phua Chu Kang Features in a COVID-19 PSA Video to Remind Others to Get Vaccinated

Don’t delay, you wait what wait!

Legendary Phua Chu Kang graces our screens once again. This time, in an effort to bring attention to the importance of getting vaccinated against COVID-19 in an infectious video. 

Donning his trademark yellow boots, curly hair, and fake mole, Phua Chu Kang features in a YouTube video ‘Get your shot, steady pom pi pi’. 

The best contractor in Singapore, JB, and some say Batam is starred by actor Gurmit Singh. Alongside him, his wife Rosie — played by Irene Ang — is also seen reprising her role. 

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What is the key message of the COVID-19 video featuring Phua Chu Kang?

The couple engages in a back-and-forth ‘conversation’ while debunking common myths and shedding light about COVID-19 vaccines. While the topic at hand is something serious, it is done in a light-hearted manner that is sure to leave a lasting impression on viewers. 

For instance, Rosie questions the safety of COVID-19 vaccines. Phua Chu Kang responds with “The vaccine is not anyhow whack”. 

In another scene, he stands his ground that “it’s safe for most, including elderly because the government got check properly”.

The extensive usage of Singlish phrases — made famous by the sitcom character himself — certainly helps to allay the lingering fears. For the uninitiated, it is an informal form of English widely used in Singapore. That’s a recurring theme of all the public service announcement videos starring the ‘ah beng’. 

In case you have forgotten, the nostalgic SAR-vivor rap by the comedian in 2003 also has English phrases infused with other words from various languages. 

Expect nothing short of flashy dance moves, rap-battles, catchy tunes, and backstage dancers in this COVID-19 video.

The catchy video is making waves

The video released by Gov.sg has garnered about 193,000 views on YouTube. Additionally, the government’s tweet containing the video has about 882,000 views. It has even gone on to make headlines in various publications around the world including The New York Times and The Guardian

Now that Singapore is facing a sudden rise in community cases, the COVID-19 PSA video with Phua Chu Kang in it is a timely reminder for all. Like Uncle Phua said, “Singapore, don’t wait and see. Better get your shot, steady pom pi pi.”

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