Saturday, April 20, 2013

Thousands throng the 1Malaysia charity concert in Penang

Hong Kong singer George Lam performing at the 1Malaysia Penang International Charity Drive concert at Han Chiang school field April 20, 2013.

Thousands of people in blue T-shirts thronged the 1Malaysia Penang International Charity Drive concert at Han Chiang school grounds tonight.

The crowds started arriving from 6pm onwards for the concert that started at 7pm.

Entrance to the concert, organised by 1Malaysia Penang Welfare Club, is on a minimum donation of RM1 basis.

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Despite the huge crowd making their way to the school grounds, traffic flow around the vicinity was smooth and in control due to the available shuttle bus service to ferry people from several locations on the island and mainland to the event.

According to the club president Geh Choh Hun, a total 60 buses were prepared to provide the free shuttle service.

A total 101,002 tickets were sold, Geh said, and they had managed to meet their target of raising about RM5 million.

“Many outstation Penangites had contributed to this charity event to help us raise the funds which we will channel to charitable organisations in Penang,” he said.

The event started with a performance by a robot, Compressor Head, and a fireworks display.

The singers who took to the stage, such as Hong Kong stars Leon Lai and George Lam elicited lukewarm responses from the mostly young crowd.

Other singers such as locals Suchitra, Ning Baizura and Eric Moo, who is well-known in Taiwan, also managed to get similar responses with only the crowds nearer the stage waving and singing along while those on the back and side merely stood passively.

Moo gave a short speech after belting out a song, telling the audience that despite living outside of Malaysia in the past 42 years, he had chosen to remain as a Malaysian.

He said he is proud of being a Malaysian and also mentioned the general elections.

“I believe the elections here are clean and fair so I wish that it will always be clean and fair,” he said.

Each singer sang two to three songs and the crowds began to get into the excitement of the concert when Hong Kong band Grasshopper and young Taiwanese singer Angela Chang came on stage to be followed by Hong Kong singer Hacken Lee and Alam Tam.

Most of these singers, especially those from Hong Kong, are more popular in the nineties.

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