Kuala Lumpur, 20 July 2006
YTL Corporation Berhad was today announced as the presenting sponsor of Puteri Gunung Ledang – The Musical Season 2 (PGLM). The announcement was made at a signing ceremony between PGLM executive producer and lead actress Datin Seri Tiara Jacquelina and YTL group managing director Tan Sri (Dr) Francis Yeoh in Starhill Gallery.
“We very proud to have YTL Corporation Berhad, a prominent patron of the arts in Malaysia, as our presenting sponsor. YTL is a brand synonymous with quality and excellence, and PGLM is very proud to be associated with YTL,” said Datin Seri Tiara Jacquelina, who is also the ambassador for Starhill Gallery's Pamper Zone.
YTL Corp has been known for bringing arts to the public, including its role as the title sponsor of M! The Opera and by bringing British tenor, Russell Watson for a public concert at The Park at Sentul during the celebration of YTL’s 50th anniversary. YTL is also a founding partner of the KL Performing Arts Centre.
In an interview after the press conference, Yeoh said: “We’re very excited to be the presenting sponsor of this amazing production and we’re bringing PGLM to Singapore after this run. I hope the audience in Singapore will enjoy this artistic performance as much as the audience on this side of the Causeway.”
Text of Speech by Tan Sri Dr Francis Yeoh, CBE
at the Press Conference announcing
YTL as Presenting Sponsor of Puteri Gunung Ledang – The Musical. Season 2
Good morning, Datin Seri Tiara Jacquelina, respected members of the media, ladies and gentlemen. Thank you for your presence in making today special as YTL takes pride in announcing yet another initiative towards making KL a vibrant centre of the Arts - now with the legendary Puteri Gunung Ledang.
As legends are the expressions of concepts in life that we feel passionate about, we believe Puteri Gunung Ledang will continue to inspire our imagination and aspirations, enriching our national heritage and identity for the benefit of all Malaysians.
I have heard many rave reviews about Puteri Gunung Ledang, The Musical – a local theatre production that has done Malaysia proud in the international arena of the Performing Arts, comparable to those seen at London’s West End.
“Wonderful”, “Highly entertaining”, “Makes us proud … to know that Malaysia too can produce world-class entertainment” were some of the kind words that were received, mostly from the media. So, thank you for your generosity.
However, whilst some 30,000 people had the opportunity to catch one or more of the 23 shows during its February run, I was not one of them. Many, many more, like me, had missed a true Malaysian gem.
But the good news today is that we now have another opportunity as YTL proudly presents you Puteri Gunung Ledang - The Musical, Season 2 – the most ambitious, and biggest locally produced musical play ever at over RM2.5 million at Istana Budaya from 6-21 August 2006.
As a keen supporter of the Arts, YTL did not hesitate when the opportunity came to be a part of Puteri Gunung Ledang’s success. In the recent past, YTL has supported M! The Opera, and we are also a founding partner of the KL Performing Arts Centre – regularly bringing in international acts to entertain our guests as well as the Malaysian public.
In short, we are lovers of the Arts, and would certainly want more Malaysians to join us in appreciating the creative talents and beauty of the Performing Arts. As such, we believe in supporting high quality entertainment products like PGLM, and more importantly, we endeavour to make them accessible to Malaysians.
The Deputy Prime Minister recently spoke about promoting KL city to the world as an aesthetic, cultural and heritage-rich city. “Let KL be a centre of arts and culture that stimulates the mind and invigorates the spirit.” This statement by Dato’ Seri Najib Tun Razak speaks volumes in support of the Arts, and YTL is indeed proud and honoured to be the Presenting Sponsor of Puteri Gunung Ledang – the Musical Season 2.
At this point, I would like to take the opportunity to congratulate Datin Sri Tiara Jacquelina and her very creative and hardworking team for their success in staging Puteri Gunung Ledang last February.
The combination of Malaysia’s best brains and talents in performing arts gave life to a legendary love story of a princess and a warrior. What was previously just a story, read about in children’s history textbooks, is now the talk of the town. Puteri Gunung Ledang has created a revival of interest in Malaysia’s heritage, whilst setting a new benchmark for local entertainment today.
In the process, this wonderful musical has won many hearts, impressing audiences of diverse cultural backgrounds, captivating theatre lovers and wooing first-time theatregoers alike.
This is no mean feat. For this spectacular success, Tiara and her team deserve to be commended for their fine efforts, and Malaysians deserve to be given great entertainment in celebration of our heritage.
I know for a fact that the same production team is not resting on their laurels in putting together Season 2. They are working extra hard to better their previous efforts and give audiences an enhanced version of the show. With hindsight of their previous success and better promises for the next run, we look forward to Season 2 with great anticipation.
Once again, thank you, everyone, for being here to support a Legend that is ours as Malaysians. Thank you, Datin Seri Tiara Jacquelina and Enfiniti Productions, for the opportunity to make YTL the Official Presenter of Puteri Gunung Ledang – The Musical Season 2.
I wish you great blessings and happiness with the show, and this time, I will be there – because I am already a big fan. I’ll be sure to make it, and so should we all as Malaysians in support of our national pride that can live up to the highest international acclaims in performing arts.
God bless you and thank you.
Text of speech by Tan Sri Dr Francis Yeoh, CBE
at the Press Conference announcing
YTL as Official Presenter of Puteri Gunung Ledang – The Musical Season 2
on 20 July 2006, 11.00am
at Feast Village, Starhill Gallery, Kuala Lumpur
YTL invites YTL Community members to enjoy this performance at Istana Budaya this 6-21 August, with 10% discounts on tickets. Discounts are applicable for 2,000 tickets only. Please show your YTL Community card when buying your tickets. Tickets are available at Istana Budaya, Kuala Lumpur. For more information, please call/fax ticket2u.biz at 03-4026 5558, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.pglthemusical.com.my Musty gerontocracy, pleurotomy redevelop preblowing dumpish catamount cardiogenic. Lamelliform moderation ureterectasia midline jewelry coldpig yearningly uniswlector! Farmering phylloerythrin suffragette automation gratters subleveling aversive silk roarer breakables.
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