World leaders among participants in ‘impossible’ task


  • Nation
  • Sunday, 25 Oct 2015

Recognised and certified: Molloy (left) certifying the Tree of Life as having the most number of contributions to painting by numbers as Jala (centre) and Murang join him.

PETALING JAYA: A world record in painting was made during the recent 2015 Global Transformation Forum, spearheaded by BFR Institute Sdn Bhd (BFR-I).

The Guinness World Record for the “most contributions to a painting by numbers” was broken by 2,339 delegates and visitors who attended the GTF 2015 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.

The attempt, inspired by the six secrets of Transformational Leadership that coloured the theme of the forum, was adjudicated by Guinness World Records adjudicator Rob Molloy at 7pm on Thursday.

The attempt required participants to paint the Tree of Life, drawn on nine square-metre of art canvases by Malaysian artists Alena Murang and Leon Jala.

Participants painted the canvases using specific colours that corresponded with the numbers on the canvas, in a paint-by-number style.

The Performance Management and Delivery Unit (Pemandu) communications director and organising member of the BFR-I team, Alex Iskandar Liew, said the attempt was scheduled to be completed within 14 hours, the exact number of hours the hall was opened to the public during the two-day forum.

“This Guinness World Record epitomises the desire of the entire team to outdo ourselves,” he said.

Among the famous participants who contributed to the record were former Prime Minister of Australia Kevin Rudd, former Prime Minister of New Zealand and United Nations Development Programme administrator Helen Clark, former President of Bolivia Jorge Quiroga and co-founder of Starbucks Zev Siegl.

Pemandu chief executive officer and BFR-I managing director Datuk Seri Idris Jala said the attempt was set as an “impossible target”.

“The transformation journey starts by setting Olympic or impossible targets, because stretched targets will force creativity, and out-of-the-box solutions to achieve targets.”


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