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David Bala
Born 1947
Died 29 August 2014(2014-08-29) (aged 67)
Resting place Mandai Crematorium
Occupation Actor, Comedian & Security Guard
Years active 1979 - 2013
Mediacorp (1979 - 2013)
Children 4

David Bala was a Singaporean comedian and actor. He was best known for his roles in Tetangga, Just Follow Law, Ah Long Pte Ltd and The Ghosts Must Be Crazy.


Bala was first introduced to acting by a friend and started his career as a stage actor in 1976 and made his broadcast debut in 1979 on Radio Television Singapore's "Kaatchiyum Kaanamum", a radio drama production. In 1980, he made his television debut where he was cast as the lead actor in a comedy drama series, "Ippadiyum Oru Kudumbam".

Due to the success of the series, Bala was known by many as "Comedy King" and in 2007, he was cast as one of the actors in Jack Neo's film, Just Follow Law. In the same year David was also given a lead role on Mediacorp Suria's Tetangga and in 2008, he was cast in Ah Long Pte Ltd.

In 2011, Bala was cast in The Ghosts Must Be Crazy. This is arguably one of Bala's best-known roles, as a catchphrase of his character in the film became a meme.

Personal life

Other than acting, Bala was working as a security officer at Republic Polytechnic since January 2014.


Bala died on August 29, 2014 due to heart disease and is survived by his wife and 4 children. His remains were placed in the niche at Mandai Columbarium & Crematorium.



Year Title Role Notes Ref
2007 Just Follow Law Muthu
2008 Ah Long Pte Ltd -
2011 The Ghosts Must Be Crazy Muthu
2013 Everybody's Business -

TV series

Year Title Role Network Notes
1979 Ippadiyum Oru Kudumbam - RTS
2007 Tetangga Govind Mediacorp Suria
2007 World Of Laughs 搞笑至尊 Muthu Mediacorp Channel 8


Year Award Category Result
1980 Singapore Indian Artistes’ Association Kalaichemmal (Arts Medallion) Award Won
2009 Pradhana Vizha Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award Won
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