SINGAPORE - Let's loosen up and party. If the rules for getai get any stricter, it may well take away the fun.
Flamboyant Taiwanese performer, Hao Hao, admits with a wary sigh that he is tired of always being asked if he'd get into trouble during the Hungry Ghost Month.
The heartland comes abuzz with these street shows on makeshift stages every year. This year's festivities run from Aug 7 to Sept 4.
And Hao Hao is a firm favourite with heartlanders.
Earlier this month, reports emerged that organisers hoping to set up stage at popular getai locations such as Geylang and Jurong have not managed to get their licences approved this year.
This was apparently due to concerns that getai had taken an increasingly risque turn with pole-dancing performers, skimpy outfits and male dancers baring their chests.
Some of these acts are not allowed under public licensing rules.
But Hao Hao flits with the regulations a little.
He prefers not to be reminded of past incidents, like one of his run-ins in 2009, when he hit the headlines for doing a Marilyn Monroe act at a getai show.
He did so without a permit to cross-dress, and allegedly flicked up his skirt to reveal a G-string underneath.
One of the conditions for getai performances is that performers must not be indecently attired.
He was hauled up by the police but let off with a warning. Hao Hao, 32, sighs again. He says: "Let's not talk about the past."