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Published: Saturday March 22, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Saturday March 22, 2014 MYT 11:25:48 AM

Keeping the GP gala fresh

As the SIC chairman, Mokhzani is involved in every step of organising the gala.

As the SIC chairman, Mokhzani is involved in every step of organising the gala.

SEPANG International Circuit (SIC) has been hosting the prestigious SapuraKencana Petroleum Malaysia Grand Prix Gala & Concert for the past nine years.

The man behind the gala is SIC chairman Datuk Mokhzani Mahathir, who initiated the gala after attending similar events overseas.

“The event was introduced to welcome the F1 fraternity to Kuala Lumpur before starting the race weekend.

“An important part of the race is to bring everyone together,” said Mokhzani during an interview with StarMetro.

The gala has been an important social event every year and it is traditionally attended by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, the Raja Permaisuri Agong and the Prime Minister as well as Malaysian and international celebrities.

Mokhzani said the event was also a platform to boost the tourism industry.

“For the first time, the public will be able to join the guests this year to watch Canadian music legend David Foster and friends perform

“We are opening the doors to the public to enjoy the concert as a way to give back to society,” said Mokhzani, who admitted not having missed attending the gala.

Tourists and locals alike, he added, would be able to enjoy good music on the evening of the gala on March 27 at Plaza Petronas KLCC.

To keep the gala fresh, Mokhzani places ensuring importance that there is something different each year.

“For instance, this year the gala will be held in a marquee tent outdoor, unlike past years when it was held in a hotel ballroom,” he said.

He said the F1 community changed every year and the gala was a perfect platform for people to meet up.

“It is an opportunity for guests to get up-close and personal with the new F1 drivers and teams,” he said.

Mokhzani said he was involved in every stage of the gala preparation.

“Everything from the concept, selection of artistes, elements of corporate social responsibility and guest invitations will have to go through my desk,” he said, adding that SIC would continue to host the gala as long as they were host of the F1 race.

In the tradition of the gala where a renowned artiste rocked the stage, this year Foster would perform with American Idol’s Season Two winner Ruben Studdard.

Top Malaysian vocal artistes Datuk Siti Nurhaliza, Vince Chong, Juwita Suwito and new singers Cheryl K and Elvira Arul would join Foster on stage.

Music fans would be able to watch the performance on four LED screens set up around KLCC.

The Tourism and Culture Ministry is the main sponsor of the gala dinner while Dialog Group Berhad is the support sponsor.

The SIC is the presenting sponsor of the event with SapuraKencana Petroleum being the title sponsor for the gala.

Co-sponsors include Shangri-La Hotel, Mercedes Benz, Petronas as the venue sponsor and Tiffany & Co, which is the official jeweller for the event.

Tags / Keywords: Community, Central Region, Events, Family Community, Mokhzani Mahathir, SapuraKencana Petroleum Malaysia Grand Prix Gala Concert, David Foster

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