Karaoke king TeoHeng wants you to know that its song will go on, for now

A TeoHeng karaoke outlet at Our Tampines Hub in 2019. Photo: TeoHeng
A TeoHeng karaoke outlet at Our Tampines Hub in 2019. Photo: TeoHeng

Karaoke manics can take a deep breath with word that popular KTV chain TeoHeng will stick around – at least for a little while longer. 

The business, which has been around 31 years, took to Instagram yesterday to clarify that it was not closing after all despite telling the press it was exiting the industry. A day later, it signaled that its booths won’t be going dark after all, for now. 

“Dear supporters, TeoHeng KTV Studio will not be closing all the outlet as [announced] previously. We will strive on till further notices. Our Teo Heng Trading will still be in operation,” it said late last night in a statement. 

News reports announcing yesterday that TeoHeng was closing for good shocked thousands of fans and led to online tributes mourning the loss of the beloved karaoke chain. 

Back in July, it closed half of its 14 outlets in places such as Katong and Sembawang. Karaoke studios have been unable to operate since March due to pandemic restrictions. 

Word that TeoHeng’s business was in jeopardy came after Singapore announced that it would delay the reopening of karaoke and nightclubs due to the recent resurgence of COVID-19.

In addition to a rise in overall cases this month, recent infections of personnel in a police K-9 unit spooked the authorities, precipitating the delay to some planned reopenings.

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