In an email to STOMP today (Aug 31), the STOMPer says:
“This picture of Mark Lee and Henry Thia was taken at the getai stage at Fishery Port Road. They were there as ambassadors of the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) and they advised the audience not to be addicted to gambling.
“According to comedian Mark Lee, gambling, like buying Toto tickets, is acceptable but not big time gambling where gamblers frequent the casinos day and night and neglect their family.
“Mark Lee, 41, is fluent in Mandarin and Hokkien and he speaks ‘broken English’ as he himself has confessed. Henry Thia is best known for his role in Money No Enough and Police and Thief.
“The NCPG and getai organisers gave out fans to the audience. The message on the fan advises hardcore gamblers to seek help from the NCPG. A recent survey by the MCYS found that 58% of Singapore residents aged 18 years and above have taken part in some form of gambling over a one year period.”