Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre, short for KLPac, has been entertaining the public with cultural and art plays for more than a decade. However, the centre may be forced to close down.
Due to the lack of funds from corporates, the non-profit organisation has been barely keeping afloat. KLPac initially had 12 sponsors for a 3-year term, but that number has since severely dropped to 3.
According to The Malaysian Reserve, companies are now reluctant to provide sponsorships, mainly because they are required to obtained government approval. KLPac founder Faridah Merican has also commented that the government hasn’t been prioritising culture and the arts.
“If it cared, it would have allocated some funds in Budget 2018. If I’m not mistaken this is the 3rd time there has been no allocation for arts and culture. So it shows that we are not important,” she told Free Malaysia Today.
Reports show that KLPac annual revenue from ticket sales is RM3.46 million. This is not enough to cover its upkeep of at least RM4.18 million. “It will be a total loss to Malaysians if KLPac is shut. The relevant authorities should take the opportunity to help out as a sign of support and appreciation for KLPac’s role in promoting the development of the art,” PKR communications director Fahmi Fadzil added.