In a recent appearance on LOVE 972’s Breakfast Quartet show, comedian Henry Thia revealed that just how strict a dad he is.
The 69-year-old was a guest on the radio show's Father’s Day special where the four hosts — Chen Biyu, Dennis Chew, Marcus Chin and Mark Lee — chat with celeb dads about fatherhood.
But before he talked about his parenting methods, Henry, who has three daughters, admitted that he really wanted a son in the past.
Like many traditional and old-fashioned Chinese parents, he valued sons more highly than daughters.
“I used to want a son and [my reaction to my first child was] ‘Aiyoh, a girl. Let’s have another child’,” Henry said. “[But now I've realised that] it doesn’t matter if you have a daughter or a son. What matters is how you bring the child up.”
And Henry took his role as a father very seriously.
When Henry started out in showbiz, he was already a father of three. At that time, he was working in a factory and was a cast member on massively popular '90s Mediacorp variety show Comedy Night, where he was paid $25 for every episode.
With his income, he struggled to support his family.
“When I got married, my dad gave [my wife] a bracelet. We pawned that and all our jewelry. When we heard that we could sell our pawn tickets, we sold those too," said Henry.