TM’s story told in a musical

History in music: A scene from ‘TM The Musical’ that was staged at Istana Budaya recently.

Telekom Malaysia Berhad created history of sorts when it became the first company in Malaysia to stage a musical in Istana Budaya, Kuala Lumpur, that engages with its employees and stakeholders.

Titled TM The Musical – A Story of Convergence, the story details the company’s fascinating journey from the days of its demerger exercise – one of the company’s many inflection points throughout its long history in Malaysia’s telecommunications industry – to what it is today.

The musical was first staged in May as part of TM Group Awards Night 2015, an annual award ceremony to recognise high-performing employees.

Commenting on the grand theatre performance, Telekom Malaysia group chief executive officer Tan Sri Zamzamzairani Mohd Isa said, “We are very proud to bring this masterpiece to a world-class stage such as Istana Budaya, which enables our stakeholders and distinguished guests to enjoy the show at its best.

“It is yet another milestone for us as we are arguably the first company in Malaysia, if not the world, to take this approach of staging our story as a full-fledged professional musical to engage our employees as well as our stakeholders.

“The musical is an innovative and creative approach in encapsulating, among others, the daunting challenges we faced post demerger, the struggles over the uncertainty of TM’s future then and how we overcame that together

“Other notable points in the company’s history were the successful roll-out of high-speed broadband for the sustainability of TM, the rise of 1TM spirit to conquer the impossible and our working together in realising TM’s aspiration of becoming the nation’s true convergence champion,” said Zamzamzairani.

He said the performance also recorded TM’s transformative journey for posterity to inspire future generations while at the same time serve as a reminder and to ignite the spirit among the Warga TM to brave future challenges.

“The musical portrays the company’s aspirations of ‘Life Made Easier,’ in line with our new vision ‘To make life and business easier, for a better Malaysia’. And nothing delivers a message more meaningfully than in words, music and dance,” he added.

The musical, produced by KRU Studios Sdn Bhd, features a line-up of well-known as well as rising talents in the Malaysian theatre scene such as Tony Eusoff, Nadia Aqilah, Datuk Ahmad Tarmimi Siregar, Dian P. Ramlee, Adibah Noor and Datuk Jalalluddin Hassan.

Selected Telekom Malaysia employees and senior management also make cameo appearances in the show.

The renowned Pat Ibrahim joined the crew team as the director, lyricist and choreographer.

He also joined hands with Shamaine Othman to write the script for the performance while Edry Abd Halim took up the role as musical director.

The musical was staged at Istana Budaya over the recent weekend for a total of five shows including matinees.

Proceeds from the ticket sales will be donated to charity organisations to be identified later.

The messages embedded in the musical are also in line with the national theme for this year’s National Day celebrations – #sehatisejiwa which reflects the spirit of solidarity, understanding and togetherness shared by all TM employees no matter where they are.

In its own unique way, TM continues to inculcate the spirit of patriotism among its Warga TM, fostering the sense of pride of being part of TM and instilling in them a greater sense of belonging as a Malaysian.

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