By Aida Aziz
IPOH: Perak welcomes the proposal to build a memorial gallery, specifically for the legendary singer the late Datuk M. Daud Kilau, in the Bagan Datuk area.
However, Loh Sze Yee, the Chairman of the state’s Tourism, Industry, Investment, and Corridor Development Committee, mentioned that it depends on discussions with the singer’s family and assessing the attraction factors for visitors.
“So far, we have no information about it (the memorial gallery) but for any project, if the state government sees it can aid production or attract tourists, we will proceed.
“If it benefits the people and the state, then we will consider the facilities first.
“Regardless of whose gallery it is, it requires consultation with the owner or their family. It’s not just the state government’s decision, we need to respect their views too,” he said.
He said this when asked by reporters if there’s a possibility for Perak to establish a memorial gallery for Datuk M. Daud Kilau as an attraction in Bagan Datuk.
He mentioned this after witnessing the signing ceremony of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between Tourism Perak and Grab Malaysia on Wednesday.
Also present were the CEO of Tourism Perak, Nurmalis Musa and the Director of Strategy and Outer Cities, Grab Malaysia, Ben Chin.
Meanwhile, Nurmalis stated that if the proposal is accepted, an appropriate agency will carry out the related project.
Previously, the media reported that the legendary singer Datuk M. Daud Kilau passed away at Teluk Intan Hospital, Perak, around 4:40 pm on Monday.
The sad news was shared by the late legend’s grandson, known as Hasnorikram, on his Instagram story, clearly deeply affected by the loss of the singer synonymous with the title ‘Raja Gelek’ (King of Dance).
The singer, whose real name was Muhammad Daud Kilau, had previously suffered from heart disease, fluid in the lungs, and numbness in his limbs.
The 85-year-old singer was admitted to Teluk Intan Hospital in May due to breathing difficulties.
Earlier at the event, Grab Malaysia announced its collaboration with Tourism Perak as a strategic partner for Visit Perak 2024.
The collaboration covers three main focuses: exclusive e-hailing partnerships, five-star dining experiences with Grab Food and Grab drivers as ambassadors.