While the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra continues to deny that it has sacked nine musicians – ‘ we just refused to renew them,’ is the line – a source in Kuala Lumpur tells Slipped Disc that the oil group Petronas is pulling out of its involvement in the arts.
Dancers in the Petronas Performing Arts Group (PPAG) have been told in confidence by a senior suit: ‘Petronas wants to concentrate on oil and gas’. Those who stay until the contract ends in June will receive a payoff, provided they keep quiet. Any who leave sooner will receive nothing.
This may be a limited cull of arts groups, or a more widespread clearout. It may also be denied and reversed by Petronas. But the unconfirmed whisper could well shed light on what Petronas has in mind for the future of the flagship orchestra.
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