Dr Siti Hasmah's violin rendition impressed many guests at an alumni club gala dinner yesterday, 6 July
Her violin performance was accompanied by her violin instructor, Winnie Cheah and a pianist, Nor Raina Yeong Abdullah and it received a standing ovation from the audience.
According to Bernama, the Prime Minister's wife, together with Winnie and Raina performed Secret Garden, You Raise Me Up, and Que Sera Sera last night.
The dinner was held at SMK St Mary Alumni Club Gala Dinner in Kuala Lumpur with over 1,000 guests in attendance.
The 93-year-old had also shared about her experience of playing the violin and on her schooling days before her performance
In her speech, Dr Siti Hasmah said she stopped playing the violin at the age of 16 to focus on her studies. She only took it up again 70 years later, at the age of 86 as she said that age should not be a factor for people to pursue their dreams.
The 93-year-old also shared in her speech that she strongly remembers an incident that occurred when she was sitting for her last paper for the Senior Cambridge Examination back in 1941.
“(On that day), bombs dropped on Singapore and in Penang and the Japanese army crossed the borders into Kelantan,” she said as reported by The Star Online.
“These experiences could be reflected in the gala dinner’s theme today which is United and Strong: Past and Present,” she added.
The SMK St Mary Club Gala Dinner was held to raise funds for two schools, SK St Mary and SMK St Mary
The gala dinner managed to raise over RM140,000, according to SMK St Mary Alumni Club president Cynthia Wan Mai Gan.
“This fund is needed to run the Saleha Hospitality and Culinary Arts Centre (SHCAC) at SMK St Mary which includes hiring culinary teachers, and for SK St Mary, this fund is needed to enable students to have more effective learning experiences,” she said as quoted by Bernama.
On the other hand, the alumni club had also taken the opportunity to surprise Dr Siti Hasmah with a birthday celebration as her birthday falls on 12 July.