Chong Lim - A Malaysian To Be Proud Of.
"Having spent my youth in Malaysia I am familiar with Malay and Arabic music which I have incorporated in my four pieces for the Doha Games," he said.
"I was thrilled when I was asked to compose pieces for Doha. It was a great honour to do something for Asia," said the Ipoh-born musical director, composer, producer, arranger and keyboard player.
"It was a big challenge for me and a fantastic opportunity to showcase my multiracial Malaysian heritage," he said.
Lim, a household name in Australia for his amazing work with Kylie Minogue, Tom Jones, Sir George Martin of the Beatles fame, John Farnham, Olivia Newton-John, Guy Sebastian, Elton John and many other international stars, composed the music for the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games and the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games opening and closing ceremonies, winning international acclaim.
He is musical director for Channel 7's "Dancing With the Stars" series, Australia's highest rating TV show, watched by millions each week. He also performed with Olivia Newton-John for Australian-born Princess Mary of Denmark at her wedding.
Despite his heavy workload, Lim, a former student of St Michael's Institution, Ipoh, said he would love to do special performance in Malaysia if given the opportunity. "I will be holidaying in Penang for about three weeks after the Doha Games and would be happy to hear from anyone in Malaysia if they have ideas for a performance in Kuala Lumpur," he said.
Lim, who will be in Doha as musical director, said the Doha Games would be a bigger spectacular than the Sydney Olympics and Melbourne Commonwealth Games. About 7,000 performers will showcase their talents at Khalifa Stadium and it will be watched by about three billion people internationally.
The closing ceremony line-up is expected to include Hong Kong's Jacky Cheung, Bollywood's Sunidhi Chauhan, Lebanese Star Magida El Roumi and Spanish tenor Jose Carreras.
--By Neville D'Cruz (BERNAMA )
***** Truly an achievement that Malaysians can be proud of. A genuine and outstanding example of Malaysia Boleh. As with other such great Malaysian successes, it had to be realized overseas. Now that's saddening.
Labels: Outstanding Malaysians.