Our beloved arts hub is at a risk of closing down permanently due to the lack of funding, according to KLPAC group general manager, Ian Chow.
This 12-year-old centre does not have the resources to conduct upgrades which are necessary to upkeep the place.
“The immediate issues are only a short-term problem on its own. The arts industry needs more demand and for people to be willing to pay despite the lack of return of investment,” Chow reportedly claims.
“There are so many things that need to be upgraded, items that need hauling after a certain lifespan if we had the means, but the situation has it that we can’t.”
Last year, KLPAC’s expenditure hit RM4.18m while revenue fell short at RM3.46m.
The centre states that corporate funding is running low as many corporations don’t see “arts” as part of their corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives.
The Malaysian Reserve reported that KLPAC initially had 12 sponsors for a three-year term, but the number had dropped to three in 2011 ― Mercedes-Benz Malaysia Sdn Bhd, JT International Bhd, and The Actors Studio Seni Teater Rakyat.
These are hard times indeed.
Here’s how you can help to keep KLPac’s alive.
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