KUALA LUMPUR: It was a poignant moment for award-winning singer Misha Omar who shed tears when performing at a gig at Dataran RPD in Kajang Prison, yesterday.
The 37-year-old star was a guest artiste at the Malaysia National Choir Concert 2019, a social service project by the organisation and the National Department for Culture and Arts (JKKN), held at the venue.
“The moment I walked into the prison compound, the feeling I had in my heart was something I had never felt before.
“Looking at the faces of the inmates, it was extremely heartbreaking when you see that some are around the same age as your mother. It made me wonder how they ended up here and how they were living their lives from behind bars,” she said in a news report yesterday.
Misha said the opportunity to entertain the prison inmates was one that she had willingly welcomed.
“Although I was informed (by Datuk Syafinaz Selamat who is also organising the event) that there would be no payment, I wanted to do it nonetheless,” she said.
The concert was graced by the Raja Permaisuri Agong Tunku Hajah Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah.
Also present were Tourism, Arts and Culture deputy minister, Muhammad Bakhtiar Wan Chik; Home Ministry secretary-general, Tan Sri Alwi Ibrahim; and JKKN’s director-general, Tan Sri Norliza Rofli.