Text of speech by Tan Sri Dr Francis Yeoh
For the Opening of Jackie Chan’s Café
at Muse Floor, Starhill Gallery
27 October 2007
OF COFFEE, ART AND HEART
Good afternoon members of the media, it’s good to see you here again; ladies and gentlemen, friends and fans who have been eagerly awaiting this occasion; and our dear friend Jackie Chan who has taken his time to join us in Kuala Lumpur at MUSE Floor, Starhill Gallery.
All of us here have a great affinity with Jackie Chan for various reasons. As for me personally, I have always told Jackie that his persona as an actor and a great entertainer is so awesome and overwhelming that his values and virtues as a good human being, and a Man with a Good Heart who has devoted so much time and untiring efforts to charitable causes all over the world is often overshadowed, and even less celebrated.
Hence, Jackie, as we are all here today, we wish to acknowledge that you are indeed well-loved not just for the joy, entertainment and humour that you bring to our lives with your profession, but also for the hearts that you have touched around the world, especially of children’s as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, as well as the many charitable endeavours you have championed internationally.
It is no wonder that Jackie Chan is listed by FORBES as the World’s 10 Most Generous Celebrities who include personalities like Angelina Jolie, Steven Spielberg, Sir Paul McCartney, Celine Dion, Nicholas Cage and Sandra Bullock.
MUSE Floor at Starhill Gallery is therefore indeed delighted to be home to the first Jackie Chan’s Café in Malaysia, where families, friends and fans can come together to spend some really good quality time appreciating Art over a cup of Coffee; enriching their lives and relationships with the universal language and power of the Arts, and the universal appeal of Coffee.
In furthering Jackie’s good works and good heart, we have also decided that with Jackie Chan’s Café, a certain percentage of revenue will be donated to charity to help disadvantaged children. And the proceeds from today’s “United Buddy Bears” colouring charity campaign will also be matched one-for-one by Jackie Chan and one-for-one by Starhill Gallery towards charity.
So it’s the ideal match with Jackie Chan in the Forbes list of Generous Celebrities to be in Starhill Gallery, also in the Forbes list as one of “Asia’s Most Beautiful Shopping Malls” – bringing an Icon of Charisma into an Icon of Icons in Kuala Lumpur.
MUSE Floor with its “Open Living Art” concept is a Nucleus of Inspiration and Imagination where we are surrounded by awesome works of Art by both Malaysian and international artists. And for its appreciation, coffee is certainly befitting, as Benjamin Franklin, one of the most innovative minds ever in our history says:
“Coffee is one of the most valuable luxuries of the table. It excites cheerfulness without intoxication, a pleasing flow of spirits with its occasion that is never followed by sadness, languor or debility.”
So we certainly hope that at MUSE Floor, cheerfulness and a pleasing flow of joyful spirit will be encouraged and enhanced with a cup of coffee while appreciating the wondrous artistic expressions of human emotions.
Another passionate advocate of coffee is Honoré de Balzac, a prolific French novelist and playwright who believed from his own experience that:
“When coffee is imbibed, ideas begin to move; things remembered arrive at a full gallop; the shafts of wit start up like sharp-shooters; smiles arise; and the paper is inspired with ink...”
Ladies and gentlemen, Jackie and I are very happy to be able to bring you the joys of Art and Coffee with Jackie Chan’s Café at MUSE Floor in celebrating life, and at the same time contribute to society.
Thank you once again and may God bless you.