Saturday, 7 November 2009

TJ's FACP Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Arts

22 April 2009


Dear Datin,

Re : Confirmation of the FACP Malaysia Award in Shangri-La Hotel Kuala Lumpur on 6 Nov. 2009

I am very pleased to inform you that you have been nominated to be the winner of the the FACP Malaysia Outstanding Contribution to the Arts.

I am writing to you on behalf of The Federation for Asian Cultural Promotion (FACP) with regard to this year’s annual conference which will be held in Kuala Lumpur from 5th to 8th November, 2009.

FACP was founded 30 years ago for the promotion of the arts and culture. For the past 26 years it has been holding a conference each year, which has proved to be a valuable platform for impresarios, artistes, promoters and all those in the performing arts to network in furtherance of their mutual interests and benefits.

The annual conferences were held in Asian cities until 1996 when it was held in Melbourne, the first time outside Asia. Since then the conference has attracted interest not only from Asian countries and Australia but also from Europe, America and Canada, resulting in its development into a popular international forum for the arts and culture.

Malaysia is honoured to be hosting this year’s conference and in order to make this as impressive as previous conferences held in other countries and befitting an event of international stature, we are organizing an Awards Night in honour of outstanding Malaysians who have contributed to the arts locally and internationally.

It is with great Honour and privilege that I am writing to you as one of the Governors of the Federation For Asian Cultural Promotion

( ). This organization was founded in 1979 with members initially from various cities in Asia but gradually has included members from Australia, Europe and the USA. Its main mission is to support and promote collaboration and networking among people involved in the performing arts, like impresarios and artistes for the purpose of encouraging the creation, management and presentation of the performing arts in an international context.

FACP is managed by a Board of Governors consisting of 25 members from various countries. The present Chairman is from Taipei. Presently, Malaysia is represented by 2 governors, myself and Pamela Ong, the President of the Penang Arts Council. In furtherance of its mission FACP holds an international conference each year in a different city. The conference which is open to the public usually features distinguished keynote speakers on major topics followed by dialog and discussions. At night there will be dinners and entertainment where members will have the chance to showcase their performances. The last conference (2008) was held in Joenju, Korea and the one before that, (2007) in Kaoshiung, Taiwan.

For this forthcoming conference the main social event is on Friday 6th November called “The Awards Night”. For this function, FACP Malaysia has agreed to present awards to 7 persons recommended by the host country in recognition of their role in the promotion of the arts . In this respect, we have recommended for the award of Life Time Achievement in Dance ’’ for Mr. RAMLI IBRAHIM, Patron of the ARTS AWARD to TAN SRI KONISHI, Outstanding young composer in Chinese Pop Music - Yi Jie Qi, Outstanding Cultural Promotion Award to the Hai-O Foundation , Mr. Tan Kai Hee , Outstanding Female Vocalist Award - Dato’ Hajjah Sheila Majid and you as the recipient of the Outstanding Contribution to the Arts.

We have invited the PM, the Culture Minister, Dato Seri Rais Yatim to attend the function. We hope they will attend the Awards Night Dinner since some government cultural officials from other countries will be attending.

The Chinese Government has agreed to send their top artistes and also the Xin Jiang Song and Dance Troupe to perform during the FACP conference. We'd like to also showcase the talents of our Honorees such as the Sutra Dancers during the FACP conference to our distinguished delegates and members of the media especially on the 6 November , Awards Night, Dinner and show. A highlight performance of not more than 10 minutes would be ideal. But, this is NOT compulsory.

We are very happy to extend 2 complimentary seats to you and your loved ones. Should you require more seat at the Awards Night Dinner, we can provide at RM 200 per person inclusive of an 8 course Chinese Dinner. If you require any further information regarding FACP or the Award, please do not hesitate to contact me. I look forward to receiving your favourable reply.

Thank you and My Heartiest Congratulations to you !

Yours Sincerely,

Kok Kee Boon

Organising Committee

Governor for FACP

Outstanding Young Malaysian Award (Cultural Achievement)