PANGGUNG Bandaraya in Kuala Lumpur reopens after three years, with a meaningful show dedicated to thank the frontliners in the nation’s battle against Covid-19.
Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) collaborated with Persatuan Penyair (sic) and Kumpulan Kopratasa to organise an evening of poetry and songs titled Terima Kasih Wira Kita.
About 100 representatives comprising frontliners from various agencies and industries were present, including those from the Health Ministry, police, army, The People’s Volunteer Corps, DBKL health and enforcement department, as well as food delivery companies.
The 90-minute show included performances by National Laurette Datuk Seri A. Samad Said and Prof Dr Siti Zainon Ismail; and local artistes including Kumpulan Kopratasa, Syamel, Erni Zakri, Ayai and Zehra Zambri, complemented by DBKL orchestra and dancers.
The event culminated with a sing-a-long of Sudirman’s famous song Tanggal 31 Ogos by performers and guests, who also waved the Jalur Gemilang in conjunction with the Merdeka month celebrations.
Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Nor Hisham Dahlan hoped the event would be a catalyst for Panggung Bandaraya to return to its former glory days.
“DBKL has a series of events planned to be staged at Panggung Bandaraya until the end of the year,” he said.
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Panggung Bandaraya was left vacant after the widely successful musical Mud — The Story of Kuala Lumpur ended its run on April 30, 2017. It later underwent a RM3mil renovation due to termite infestation; and an upgrade of the air conditioning units and public address system.
The building completed in 1902 was formerly the headquarters of Kuala Lumpur Municipal Council. It has been gazetted as National Heritage under Category One of the National Heritage Act 2005.