Malaysia

Star-studded parties in Penang, Klang tomorrow

By Opalyn Mok
April 19, 2013

File photo of the crowd lining up for free food at a charity dinner in Pulau Tikus, Penang on April 13, 2013. — Picture by K.E. OoiFile photo of the crowd lining up for free food at a charity dinner in Pulau Tikus, Penang on April 13, 2013. — Picture by K.E. OoiGEORGE TOWN, April 19 — Tomorrow will be see “parties” of different kinds being held — in the morning political parties will be submitting nomination forms for their candidates in the general election while at night a massive charity concert and a mega dinner will be held in Penang and Klang respectively.

In Penang, the 1 Malaysia Penang International Charity Drive concert, on the theme unity, peace and prosperity, is expected to draw a huge crowd of up to 80,000 due to its line-up of local and international artistes.

Organised by non-governmental organisation 1 Malaysia Welfare Club, with the intention to raise RM5 million for charitable organisations in the state, the concert will feature stars such as Ludacris, Swizz Beatz, Busta Rhymes, Leon Lai, George Lam, Alan Tham and Ning Baizura.

Held at the Han Chiang School grounds, the event will start at 7pm and full-page advertisements of the event can also be found in most mainstream newspapers where those interested to attend need only fill in the form in the advertisements and submit it along with a minimum donation of RM1 per person to several ticketing centres in Penang and Kuala Lumpur.

Free shuttle bus services are also being provided for those who want to avoid being stuck in a jam heading towards the concert.

Shuttle buses will pick up concert-goers at Autocity in Juru, Megamall in Butterworth, All Seasons Place in Farlim, Prangin Mall in George Town and Queensbay Mall in Bayan Lepas from 2pm onwards.

The relatively new Barisan Nasional-friendly 1 Malaysia Welfare Club has been organising charity dinners regularly, up to several times a week, throughout the state.

Denying links to any political party, club president Geh Choh Hun has said the concert was organised even before Parliament was dissolved.

“We planned this in January this year so it has nothing to do with the elections at all,” he reportedly said when he called a press conference to announce the details of the concert.

Local millionaire Low Taek Jho, popularly known as Jho Low, also chipped in to help by bringing in the US artistes to perform for free.

Geh had said the whole event was being funded by corporate sponsors.

Despite Geh’s denials and Penang BN’s denials that it has anything to do with the concert and the dinner events held by the NGO, the club was automatically perceived as a BN vehicle due to its use of the 1 Malaysia logo in all of its events.

1 Malaysia flags can also be found all over the state, especially at locations where the charity dinners are held.

In Klang, a massive dinner is also being planned at West Port where 55,000 people are expected to attend.

The dinner, organised by a group of BN-friendly Selangor businessmen who call themselves “United Chinese Association of Selangor”, will also see a number of Hong Kong, Taiwan and local artistes performing.

Actress Datuk Michelle Yeoh is also slotted to attend the dinner titled “The Prime Minister has a date with you”.

The mega dinner may even make it into the Malaysia Book of Records as the biggest dinner in the country.

The organisers openly admit that the dinner was being organised in support of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and BN’s bid to win back Selangor in the polls on May 5.