Mr Tan said: “At first, I thought he liked the songs and dances, but I later realised that his eyes were fixed on the lights.”
He started learning how to operate lighting and sound equipment from his mentor, Mr Chee Chye Hock, 62.
The owner of EB Mobile Sound and Lighting noticed Jeral, who was then eight years old, at several getai performances.
Mr Chee said in Mandarin: “He was always poking around where we worked, so I taught him how to use the equipment.”
Mr Chee said Jeral was creative and talented right from the start and he eventually left the boy to run the show.
Jeral is not paid, but he is rewarded with food and toys for his work, Mr Chee said.
Madam Toh Xiu Zhen, 65, a technical assistant in Mr Chee’s company, said: “We all love him because he is hardworking and helpful.
“It’s good to have a young person around.”
View more photos of getai singers in the gallery below.