Having boarded at the Geelong College for his matriculation and then followed by a Humanities programme majoring in Journalism at Deakin University, Khen’s mastery of the English language had early underpinnings. At boarding school, he moonlighted as a proof-reader for his fellow boarding students’ essays and assignments, a habit he transitioned to his university days. The only regret he has with these stints were that he was never paid! During his years of studying Journalism, Khen would conduct his own tutorial classes, again teaching his fellow Aussie lecture mates – literarily unheard of but stranger things have happened still! Upon finishing his university studies, Khen’s career hit a rich vein of diverse twists and turns. In Australia he has since worked for Olympus and Honda. He was also a freelance photographer working on projects ranging from automobiles to landscapes and even cheese. In his student days, Khen founded the Deakin Press Club and before that, he had also established the Daniel Mannix Photographic Society at Monash University where he did not complete his degree in Economics. While working for Olympus under Rudolf Gunz Photographics in Melbourne, he founded the Olympus Camera Club of Australia (OCCA).
On his return to Malaysia, Khen worked on many varied projects that ranged from photography to computing and also to his mastery of the English language. He briefly provided copywriting services at one time for video narration purposes. He has written numerous technical manuals for photography purposes as well as instructional documentation for network computing. He has even provided training to local law firms in matters to do with how they can improve on their use of English.Khen’s prodigiousness in the use of technically accurate English is well known in local circles although he doesn’t market himself as broadly as he should. Nonetheless, watch him for an hour or so and you will discover how he effortlessly picks up all the grammatical and spelling errors he detects in the things he reads, listens and sees. And he does all these with a sense of professionalism and hawkishness that businesses would do well to seek his services.
K.T. Pillai is an experienced and renowned Emcee who is also amongst the most successful in Malaysia for proven reasons and a track record that is rarely matched.
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 an audience 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 also successfully hosted the Open House Celebrations for Chinese New Year, Deepavali and Christmas for the Perak State Government.
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 Chief Minister 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 Pageantries and Product Launches.
K.T. Pillai was the Official Master of Ceremonies for the highly successful national-level Miss Malaysia-Universe Grand Final and Mrs Malaysia-World Pageant Grand Final 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 is a well known Emcee, Events Consultant, Public Speaker & Newscaster and has been in the entertainment industry for the past 20 years.
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"KT is an incredibly easy person to get along with both professionally and personally. Having been in the industry for so many years, he is indeed very knowledgeable managing events and is an excellent master of ceremony & public speaker. KT is multi-lingual, adept and passionate and insists on only providing the best."
~ Claire Bong, Editorial Coordinator & Writer- ACP Magazines- Kuala Lumpur
"KT speaks from his various experiences on the different types of events he had handled over the past 22 years ranging from royalty, national and state government events, official openings, corporate/annual dinners etc. He speaks eloquently and is always full of enthusiasm. He handled the annual Ipoh International Run (IIR) with over 12,000 participants successfully without a dull moment. He is simply what we say - ‘’born to talk’’……"
~ Y.Bhg. Dato Haji Roshidi bin Haji Hashim, Datuk Bandar Ipoh (Mayor- Ipoh City)
"KT’s seminars had always been so entertaining, exciting & enlightening. He uses simple yet effective words to make it interesting and lively. I sincerely look forward to his future seminars."
~ YDH Toh Seri Bijaya Lt.Kol. (B) Shaharudin Haji Nazari, Orang Besar Jajahan Hulu Perak (Hulu Perak Territorial Chief)
"KT automatically comes alive the moment a microphone is presented to him. That must be his forte – effective Communication, Conversation & Public Relations. He is multi-lingual, talented and witty on stage. We had booked him for our Public Utilities Board event in Singapore this coming October."
~ Kian Eng Ooi, Senior Deputy Director - Public Utilities Board Singapore
"I guess you have to have the ‘gift of the gab’ to be a successful Emcee & speaker and that is what KT 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."
~ SeeFoon Chan-Koppen, Director- Ipoh Echo
"KT was the ‘’preferred choice’’ since 12 years ago for all our formal & annual events. He hosted our events every year without fail & we still have not got bored of him. It must be his ‘’Magical Charm’’ when he is on stage……. Simply electrifying, sensational & fantastic!"
~ Dato Gan Tuck Kong, Chairman- Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (Perak branch)
"KT had successfully hosted the National Marketing Convention held in Phuket, Thailand. He simply mesmerized everyone by welcoming the audience in various mother tongues including Thai. That was superb & wonderful way which added a spark right from the start to the end."
~ Subendran Sathanandan, Wealth Planner, Kuala Lumpur
"If you need a person to successfully handle an event plus have lots of fun with quizzes + games, KT is the solution to your problem. He had successfully handled all the Perak MATTA Travel Fairs since its’ inception till present……..He is precise, punctual, quick, sharp & knows how to ‘cover’ silent spots!! He is born for the stage."
~ Ranjit Singh, Chairman- Malaysian Association of Tour & Travel Agents (Perak branch)
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A professional emcee, she emcees since 1993 in school owing to her voice and command in both Malay and English as well as her nature to volunteer to emcee for events in school. Hoong Ling also hosted Selamat Pagi Malaysia (Good Morning Malaysia) talk show in Malay language, live on RTM1 for 2 years during college days. She currently emcees for product launches, corporate events, seminars, royal functions, ministerial events and also invited as moderator and speaker at international conferences. She is also a radio deejay on DurianFM.com every Wednesday.
Hoong Ling is also an advocate for social causes including youths, women's rights, social entrepreneurship, crime prevention and particularly organ donation. She donated part of her liver to a stranger and championed organ donation since 13 years old. Her book chronicles her journey in giving her liver entitled "I Don't Know You but Let Me Save You" and its Chinese translation, "我把肝脏给了一位伯生人", has encouraged many people pledge their organs. She is now a Member in the Public Awareness Action Committee for Organ and Tissue Donation under the Ministry of Health of Malaysia and has been invited to give talks and share her experience as far as Philippines and Singapore.
She has also contributed actively in youth organizations including St. John Ambulance of Malaysia (also helped author parts of the 100th Year Anniversary of SJAM book), Lions Club, Yayasan Budi Penyayang, Persatuan Pemuda Negara, CyberCare Youth Organization, Welfare and Community Council in Pandan, Neighbourhood Watch in Pandan Perdana and even founded a Neighbourhood Watch in Pandan Jaya to curb crime and organised various dialogues with the police. Hoong Ling also participated in the Youth Development Transformation Lab and was handpicked to participate in the Ship for Southeast Asian Youth Programme 2003 and to present the Youth Lab findings at the Youth Development Cabinet Committee. Currently she holds positions as Vice President of National Youth Association, Vice President of Young Agropreneur and Agro Based Industry Club, Director of CyberCare and Member in the National Consultative Youth Council.
She is also a multi-award winner having a few distinguished awards in the cabinet - Selangor Youth Award 2006 (Volunteerism), Great Woman of Our Time Award 2008 (Education and Public Services), Lions Club International 308-B1 District Governor's Distinguished Service Award 2009 and her most memorable National Youth Premier Award 2011 which was presented by the Right Honourable Prime Minister of Malaysia.
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