GALLERY RE-LAUNCH ANNOUNCEMENT
PRESS CONFERENCE AT SHOOK! STAGE, FEAST VILLAGE – 22 NOVEMBER 2011
SPEECH BY TAN SRI DR FRANCIS YEOH, CBE
YTL CORPORATION BERHAD
Good morning ladies and gentlemen, and respected members of the media. Thank you for joining us at this Press Conference.
We invited you to share exciting news about Starhill Gallery and its recent transformation.
Starhill Gallery will be officially re-launched at a Press Conference on 1 December 2011at 3.00 pm. It will be graced by DYMM Mulia Seri Paduka Baginda Yang di-Pertuan Agong and DYMM Seri Paduka Baginda Raja Permaisuri Agong – in the company of the legendary Grammy Award winner, Julio Iglesias.
It is an occasion for celebration as the new façade of Starhill Gallery is the first of its kind in Malaysia, constructed using lightweight steel and state-of-the-art glass technology used for the Pyramid at the Louvre in Paris. It is designed by renowned architect, Sparch.
In 1999, when YTL made its presence here, Bukit Bintang had a rather notorious reputation.
The first thing we did was to work with the government to clean up the area.
We started by conceptualising “Bintang Walk” and designating it as the city’s first ever pedestrian walk way.
We invested much and lit the place up and tree lined the walk and steadily cleared away the debris of society. In place of its seedy alleys we opened brightly lit cafes and colourful and exciting shop windows.
“Every great City needs an Icon. Like Paris has its Champs d’Elysee, London its Bond Street and Tokyo, its Ginza “Bintang Walk” was therefore created by us for Kuala Lumpur.
The Walk stretches from the iconic Starhill Gallery flanked by luxury hotels like JW Marriott and The Ritz-Carlton, to Kuala Lumpur's first modern premier shopping mall, LOT 10.
Before long, it was such a happening place that everyone wanted to be here! More and more shopping malls followed, including high-end residential developments and now even inducing government investments in developing Bukit Bintang-KLCC as the premier shopping precinct competing against other global best shopping districts.
As I speak, cranes and heavy machinery are ubiquitous in Bintang Walk busily being employed to enhance KL's busiest Monorail Station at Lot 10, Covered Elevated Pedestrian Walks from KLCC to Bukit Bintang and along Bintang Walk, and also preliminary works for Bukit Bintang's Mass Transit Station. All these activities will further increase Bintang Walk's footfall.
Today Bintang Walk attracts a footfall of 40 million. YTL is truly blessed to have played an important part in its genesis.
The Government's quick response to YTL's recommendations to remove custom duties on branded goods in 1999 was also the other reason that make global retailers flock to our shopping centers in
It is therefore appropriate to celebrate the genesis of Bintang Walk and the rebirth of Starhill Gallery with a thanksgiving concert.
This is the 4th YTL Concert of Celebration at Bintang Walk. As you can see, we have never stopped reinvesting in the transformation of Bintang Walk.
This year we will present the singing legend Julio Inglesias right here on the streets of Bintang Walk with a Live Concert on 1 December 2011 at 8.00 pm.
This concert is to thank God for His blessings for the rebirth of Starhill Gallery in particular and also to thank everyone who has made Bintang Walk a success. Without the patronage of the public at large, shopping malls in Bintang Walk would not have prospered.
This concert is therefore offered free to the public like all our previous three concerts.
As a tradition in all our concerts some seats will be allocated to the public. This will be done through public balloting on a first- come first- served basis.
Details of the public balloting is available at starhillgallery.com Please register as soon as you can and join YTL in this exciting event in the heart of KL.
I look forward very much to welcoming you to this concert on the 1st of December evening.
Thank you and God bless.