Singer Gary Chaw swears off alcohol

Singer Gary Chaw swears off alcohol

TAIPEI - Malaysian singer-songwriter Gary Chaw says he is quitting drinking for life, after he caused a disturbance at a music cafe last month and his wife threatened to leave him.

The 34-year-old had said he would abstain from alcohol for a year after a 2009 drunken brawl with Hong Kong singer Justin Lo.

Last month, after a quarrel with his wife, make-up artist Wu Su-ling, he made a scene at Riverside Music Cafe while watching a performance by his band Sensation, said China Times.

A drunken Chaw dragged a female make-up artist on stage and singer Alien Huang, who was in the audience, had to haul him off stage, said the report. Chaw also had a scuffle with his cousin.

At a press conference on Monday, the singer said: "I won't drink any more." He said it 16 times in a row, reported China Times, and swore to quit show business if he drank again.

His agent did not appear to trust him, however. Rephrasing the promise, the agent said that if the singer broke his vow, he would donate NT$10 million (S$422,631) to an abstinence- related group.

Last month, Wu told Taiwan Apple Daily she had gone on a trip to her hometown in central Taiwan with the couple's two children for a few days to "calm down".

She said that she would give Chaw one last chance and that things would be "critical" between them if he had another drunken incident.

On Facebook on Monday, she said she was "100 per cent confident" of her husband this time. "I support you because you deserve it," she wrote.

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