I guess you have to have the ‘gift of the gab’ to be a successful Emcee and that is what K.T. Pillai has in abundance. Effervescent as a glass of champagne, one will probably have to ‘cork’ him up for him to stop talking….and in a multitude of languages at that.
Fluent in Malay, Chinese (both Mandarin and Cantonese dialects), Tamil and a smattering of French, and other European tongues, K.T. keeps audiences entertained with his continuous patter at functions throughout Peninsula and East Malaysia. Willing to try anything, he’s even been known to ‘rap’ with the professionals when he’s on stage and judging by one of the videos I saw on YouTube, does a pretty good job of it too.
A native Perakean, Pillai grew up in Bruas, Perak, and attended school there finishing his junior school at ACS Ipoh culminating in obtaining his Malaysian Certificate of Education (M.C.E.).
He finished his secondary school in Toronto, Canada, and went on to get a B.A degree in Marketing and Communications from the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada.
Pillai returned to Malaysia to begin working in advertising in Kuala Lumpur, returning to Ipoh in 1985 to join a local agency. In 1988 he started his own advertising and promotions company PR Project handling advertising and promotions as well as events management and he has not looked back since.
Since then, Pillai has garnered a reputation as being one of the most experienced and renowned Emcees who is also amongst the most successful in Malaysia for proven reasons and a track record that is rarely matched. His list of successful projects reads like a veritable ‘what’s what” of events and the guest list a veritable ‘Who’s Who’.
He has successfully handled numerous national-level Government Open-House Celebrations namely, the National Christmas Day Open House 2004 attended by His Majesty the King and Queen including foreign dignitaries as well as Deepavali Open House Celebration 2007 (at KL Central) & 2009 (at Port Dickson) that were attended by audiences of over 20,000 people. He also successfully handled the Tadau Kaamatan 2008 (Harvest Festival) in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, attended by the Prime Minister and several Cabinet Ministers.
He has hosted a wide range of functions for the Perak Royal Family and also for Y.A. Bhg. Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, Y.A.Bhg. Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and current Prime Minister Y.A.B. Dato’ Seri Najib Tun Abdul Razak including other federal Cabinet Ministers around the country.
At state level, Pillai is the ‘priority English-language Emcee’ for the Perak Menteri Besar including the Sultan and Raja Permaisuri of Perak since 1998. Till today, he remains the preferred choice. He has also handled numerous Annual Dinners, Family Days, Conventions, Symposiums, Conferences, Gala Events, Beauty Pageants and Product Launches.
K.T. Pillai was the Official Master of Ceremonies for the highly successful national-level Miss Malaysia-Universe Grand Finale and Mrs Malaysia-World Pageant Grand Finale for the years 2001 to 2007 held in Kuala Lumpur.
Pillai’s eloquence in different local languages such as Bahasa Malaysia, English and Cantonese makes him the incomparable first choice in most major events and with some minor touches of Tamil, Mandarin and French, he has long been the firm favourite for government and important corporate functions throughout the country. It is little wonder that he is better known as the ‘Muhibbah Emcee’.
Pillai will be donating his services to the Ipoh Echo for their 100th Issue Anniversary Celebration Dinner on August 6.