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In Mediacorp drama The Peculiar PawnbrokerBrandon Wong plays a character obsessed with seizing control of Li Nanxing’s pawnshop.  

In reality, pawnshops have had a lot of impact on the 50-year-old actor's view towards life and fatherhood.

"I wasn’t from a wealthy family," said Brandon, who grew up in Jelebu, Negiri Sembilan. "I saw my mother pawn her jewellery when I was younger. When you bring something to a pawn shop, there’s a certain deadline you have to meet to pay the the shop back, or whatever you pawned will become its property. There was a certain amount of pressure on her to get enough money to pay them back on time."

Brandon said seeing the stress his mum was under made him want to help out with his family’s expenses.

"I was in primary school when I became aware of this," he said. "And so I would deliver newspapers in the morning before coming home to change and then going to school."

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