Two kids, so we’ll see how it goes when Neia turns three.”

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“I went to pick her up that evening, then brought her to the play­ground be­cause I wanted to re­ward her for even­tu­ally do­ing the right thing and go­ing to school. I didn’t want her to feel mis­er­able.”

He adds: “Kids these days are very dif­fer­ent from us. I learnt to brush my teeth only when I was six years old.

“But Nel­lie, who’s only three, has de­vel­oped the habit of brush­ing her teeth be­fore bed­time.

“I grew up in the kam­pung and my par­ents didn’t take any spe­cial ef­fort to nur­ture any of our tal­ents. They al­lowed us to pur­sue our own pas­sions so long as we didn’t harm any­one, take drugs, steal, smoke… My sib­ling and I grew up al­right.”


Shaun was born in Per­tang, Negeri Sem­bi­lan in Malaysia. He left to work in Kuala Lumpur af­ter com­plet­ing sec­ondary school and ar­rived in Sin­ga­pore in 2000.

Ce­line, a for­mer beau­ti­cian, is from Alor Se­tar, also in Malaysia; they met in Pe­nang, where Shaun was film­ing The Jour­ney: Our Home­land.

Nel­lie and Neia were both born in Alor Se­tar, but the fam­ily now lives in Sin­ga­pore. For the past two years, home has been a rented apart­ment in Tiong Bahru.

The four-roomer sets him back by $2,700 ev­ery month, which is a finan­cial bur­den, so Shaun plans to ap­ply for per­ma­nent res­i­dence for his fam­ily to al­low them to set­tle here and pur­sue their stud­ies.

When per­ma­nent res­i­dence is ap­proved, he plans to buy a house in Sin­ga­pore.

But the 25 per cent down pay­ment, as well as the higher taxes and in­ter­est for per­ma­nent res­i­dents, means he will need to work very hard to save money.

“I’m a PR but my wife is not. So, I can only buy an apart­ment. If it costs $1 mil­lion, I have to cough up at least 33 per cent in cash.”


Shaun comes from a big fam­ily – he is one of seven chil­dren – but he laughs when U-Weekly asks him if he hopes to fol­low suit.

“Im­pos­si­ble… It’s con­sid­ered in­cred­i­ble to have four kids these days,” Shaun says.

“Maybe three, but I need to dis­cuss this with my wife. It’s al­ready tir­ing hav­ing to raise


Shaun holds tra­di­tional val­ues when it comes to mar­riage and fam­ily, and be­ing at the height of his ca­reer didn’t stop him from re­mar­ry­ing.

It cer­tainly didn’t seem to hurt his suc­cess in 2015 be­cause he won the Best Male Ac­tor and Top 10 Most Pop­u­lar Male Artistes ti­tles at the Star Awards.

“Many peo­ple now choose to not get mar­ried or not have kids. But I don’t want to grow old with­out hav­ing any fam­ily,” shares Shaun, who was pre­vi­ously mar­ried to for­mer host-ac­tress Michelle Chia from 2009 to 2011.

“While I can­not ex­pect my kids to defi­nitely care for me un­til the end, as long as I know I have ful­filled my re­spon­si­bil­ity it’s fine.”

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