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Chew Chor Meng (Chinese name: 周初明; pinyin: Zhou Chu Ming) is a Singaporean actor. He started his career in showbiz after winning Star Search in the year of 1990.
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Don’t worry, be happy
When I was a child, I was a huge fan of don’t worry, be happy, a channel 8 sitcom. I would sit in front of the TV whenever it was aired and sing along with the theme song. So of course, I love all the cast in the show especially Huang Wenyong and Chew Chor Meng. Since I was so young back then, I didn’t judge if they acted well but now I do know that I was more than well entertained.
Being such a huge fan of them, it was really sad when I knew about Chew Chor Meng’s illness and then about Huang Wenyong’s passing away. It sets as a constant reminder to me every day to not take things for granted and that life’s really unpredictable.
Now, whenever I see Chew Chor Meng on screen, I feel the positivity in him and hope that he can remain strong and positive.
A Walking reminder to all of us
I'll always remember him as either Mr Kiasu or as the Lobang King. Those were the 2 iconic characters that he had made his own. CCM has had his moments on screen but the one moment that I always remember was the time he went on stage to accept an award a few years back (Star Awards if I am not mistaken).
Physically a shadow of his former self, gone was the bubbly stage persona that he had managed to put on countless number of times and was instead replaced with steely-determination that didn't look like it was a painful act. It looked like to me that his illness has brought out something genuine in him and be put out in the fore.
CCM, I wish you well.
I recalled being tickled by his antics when he acted as Mr Kiasu on channel 5. Later, newspapers unravelled several controversies involving him regarding his attitude.
Cocky. Many claimed he was all that. Personally, this did not change my perception towards him. He still remained humorous. He still acted whatever he was told to act professionally. He flaunted his acting skills onscreen. He was rewarded for it. It wasn't like he was my neighbour and that his cocky attitude was to such an extreme that he had roll ups of red carpet on his doorstep. Neither did he strut around Singapore proclaiming his stardom status like it was his vocalised mantra. Hence, cocky or not, he was still in my good books.
The first lobang king
I am not sure if any of you still remember there was a lobang king before Lobang in Ah Boys To Men. Chew Chor Meng was the first lobang king. It was quite a long running TV series sponsored by one of the petrol stations and Chew Chor Meng played a very resourceful guy that would not miss any opportunity to make money.
Few months ago, it was reported that Chew Chor Meng had a certain sickness and may lose control of his muscles or something in the coming months. But thankfully, he still looked healthy when he appeared on TV recently. Hopefully, his sickness had been cured or had been brought under control so that he would not lose control of his muscles.
Jackie Chang, Lobang King, Ah Bee!
As a child, my mum would turn the TV on and record only one show with our VHS tape, and that show is "Don't Worry, Be Happy". Chew Chor Meng's character is a likable but yet hardworking agent known as "Lobang King" or "Jacky Chang". His girlfriend and her family seem to be the only ones that call him "Ah Bee".
Seriously, I wonder why he hasn't been made as famous as Christopher Lee or other famous actors, given his abilities and acting skills. If you ask any kid on the street who he is, most of them would not know him. It's really sad.
What A Great Actor!
He was probably one of the most talented actors I've ever seen on television.
His various achievements in the Star Awards and the reputation he has established himself with are hallmarks that speaks loud - of that natural flair in him for acting.
I loved his shows and appearances on television! Indeed, he delivers his line in such impossible fluency, and his acting is always amazingly natural that the viewers would inadvertently fall to liking for whatever character he plays - whether is it the humourous and likeable "Ah Bee", or the insidious, villainous protagonists roles.
It is very unfortunate that such unexpected catastrophe would befall on him as he discovers he had contracted Kennedy's disease a few years back. I'm am in great admiration for his courage to stoically live on, and the optimistic attitude he has decided to adopt as he handles this ground-breaking truth.
I take my hat off you, Chew, for your steely determination and that inherent, star-like quality you have innately.
Chew Chor Meng is the last of a dying breed - a mainstream actor that is universally liked by everyone. Perhaps it's his youthful face that reminds one of a young boy, or a smile that seems to light up the room, but in my life, I have never heard a serious complaint about him as a person, or as an actor.
I first heard of Chew as Ah Bee in 'Don't Worry, Be Happy', and was instantly enthralled as a kid. His portrayals of characters seem almost life-like to me, and I feel that he is able to truly bring out that something special in them, making them relevant to the audience. From comedy sections to villainous acts, I highly doubt that there is something he cannot do properly.
He has that 'it' factor, something that actors these days will kill for. It's a gift, and I for one, am glad that he has not wasted that talent.
Hunk-next-door on the big screen
Chew Chor Meng is an eye candy.
He's a classically good looking man, with enough charm to turn black to white and enough acting skills to transform into Ah Beng from Entrepreneur. He was a hit in his heyday, sweeping the Star Awards as if the trophies were minted for his hands and taking every role with gungho and playing it wonderfully.
But I've read somewhere that he has since had a small health issue and has been off the screens for a while. But it has not proved to diminish his support, as seen from the reprise in the roles he's back to taking in recent times.
I do hope to see more of his shows.
I will always remember Chew Chor Meng for his role as Jacky Chang aka Ah Bee, the 'Lobang King' in "Don't Worry, Be Happy". I'll always remember his portrayal of Ah Bee as one of the most memorable TV roles during that particular era. I also remember that he played the character Zhaohui in my all-time favourite series, "The Unbeatables II" as Yan Fei's understudy.
With his versatility and ability to portray different characters that leave a lasting impression, he's earned his tight as a household name with his friendly personality and charisma. I hope to see more of him on the small screen sometime soon.
A commendable actor
Chew Chor Meng has been acting since the 1990s, after he won the Star Search that year. Throughout all his performances, he has never failed to deliver well in his roles. Although I find he is more suited for Chinese speaking roles, I can clearly remember his acting in Mr Kiasu, a show on Channel 5 years ago that did well locally.
Although he suffered from adversity, he didn't let that bring him down and carried on acting after his contract was renewed, and that really makes me admire Chew Chor Meng a lot as a person. Despite his illness, he did a splendid job for his role in Joys Of Life, a Channel 8 drama that was released earlier this year, where he played a storyteller whose normal speaking voice is pretty much similar. I must say his accenting in that show was good and convincing, and it did make me laugh on occasions!
I hope to see Chew Chor Meng appear in more television shows soon. Maybe another English show would be nice! But more importantly, I hope his fight against his illness will inspire others to keep on doing what they love despite meeting tough obstacles in life.