THE year was 1957, three days before independence was declared in Malaya, when The Federal Kuala Lumpur officially opened its doors to the public.
Founded by the late Tan Sri Low Yat, the hotel hosted important guests and dignitaries who came to witness the country’s first National Day celebration, thus becoming a part of the country’s history.
Today, as Malaysia celebrates National Day this month, the hotel also marks its diamond jubilee in the hospitality industry.
To commemorate the occasion, it will hold a storytelling live concert called Modern Grand Hotel at its ballroom in September, featuring classical songstress Yudi Yap, artiste Chong Keat Aun and actor Goh Wee Ping.
“The show will be in the form of songs and tales in which we will tell the story of the past using new voices and new music,” said Modern Grand Hotel director Loh Kok Man.
Loh had previously worked with Yap and Chong in productions of a similar “sing its song, tell its tales” concept.
“We had this idea brewing for three years before we decided to revisit this concept.
“The story revolves around our National Day and how people enjoyed life as well as the entertainment and happenings surrounding the hotel then,” explained Yap.
“We will be bringing back some of the forgotten days of the 1950s and 1960s,” Chong added.
Federal Hotels International group marketing, sales and business development and operations director Ooi Lee Ping said The Federal Kuala Lumpur was more than a hotel.
“It’s a piece of Malaysian heritage and an icon that inspired other ventures into the country’s tourism and hospitality industry.”
Throughout its 60 years, Ooi said the hotel has constantly looked at innovating its products and services to meet the needs of contemporary travellers.
“While we improve with the times, we are mindful in keeping the ‘character and soul’ of the hotel,” she added.
For the past six decades, the hotel is noted for hosting local and international guests and events, including the cast and crew of 7th Dawn, which starred late actors such as William Holden, Susannah York and Capucine; Pacific Asia Travel Association conferences, as well as badminton players competing in the Thomas and Uber Cup.
This year, Ooi said the hotel will also host the contingents in the upcoming SEA Games.
Modern Grand Hotel will gather established local musicians and actors under the direction of Loh and music director Tay Cher Siang, who will lead the WVC Jazz Ensemble.
The show is produced by Modern Nanyang and presented by Bukit Bintang Event Spaces with the support of The Federal Kuala Lumpur.
There are four shows for the 90-minute concert – Sept 8, 9 and 15 dinner and/or shows and a Sept 17 luncheon and/or show.
Ticket prices for the show alone is RM150 each while the price for a meal and show is RM212, with an additional 20% discount for tickets purchased this month.
For booking information, call 03-2148 9166.