Hong Hui Fang: My kids learned a good lesson from the recent conflict

The actress made her first media appearance since her friendship with Pan Ling Ling came under the spotlight

Hong Hui Fang: My kids learned a good lesson from the recent conflict

We’ve all probably heard of the falling out between former buddies Pan Ling Ling and Hong Hui Fang, and with both ladies choosing to stay under the radar after the news broke, there has yet to be an occasion where they have formally addressed the situation.

The press conference of upcoming Channel 8 drama Say Cheese, which was held yesterday (August 1), was Hui Fang’s first media appearance since the news broke, and Toggle took the opportunity to address the elephant in the room when we spoke to the 58-year-old in an interview.

Her character in Say Cheese, Huang Rui Yun (also known as Watermelon Aunt), serves as the mediator between her husband (played by Richard Low) and her good friend (played by Chen Li Ping), along with the rest of her reel-life family, played by Cynthia Koh, Zzen and Joanne Peh.

We asked her if she also plays the role of a ‘mediator’ between family and friends in real life, with Hui Fang musing, “I won’t involve myself in something that I don’t know about or understand. If it’s something that doesn’t concern my family, I won’t involve myself because I cannot take sides.”

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She continued, “I feel that we shouldn’t end up in complicated situations when we’re interacting with people, but there are some unforeseen things that nobody (guessed would happen), so I can only do what I can (…) These unforeseen happenings can sometimes make me feel helpless.”

Hui Fang, who is known to be fiercely protective of her family members, added that “family will always family regardless of how much we argue. Family won’t hurt each other. Since we don’t understand what’s going on in the outside world, we shouldn’t take sides and remain neutral. This is a principle I live by.”

Addressing the elephant in the room, Hui Fang maintained that she would not discuss her alleged spat with Pan Ling Ling when asked about it, and politely declined to share if there were any peacemakers who tried to smooth over the situation.

However, she let on that after the controversy, her children, Tay Ying and Calvert Tay, said one thing to her: “Mummy, we really learned something, and it’s a good lesson to us.” In response, she told them that the “outside world is more cruel than Singapore, so you must have a strong heart to take it.”

(Continued on next page: Hong Hui Fang confirms that Tay Ying will be heading to China after graduating)

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