KUALA LUMPUR: A Sabah Umno member is stealing the show at the sidelines of the party's general assembly here.

Razali Abdul Rahim, 32, from Beaufort, had always dreamt of performing for his fellow party members.

And for the last six years, he had never failed to wow the crowd at the general assembly with the kulintangan.

The kulintangan is an instrument consisting of a row of small brass or bronze gongs horizontally laid upon a wooden rack.

As part of the larger gong-chime culture of Southeast Asia, kulintangan music ensembles have been played for many centuries in regions of the Eastern Malay Archipelago


Razali Abdul Rahim entertains the crowd with his kulintangan performance. Pic by SALHANI IBRAHIM.

“I hope to promote the 1Malaysia spirit with my musical performance which include Malay, Chinese and Indian songs.

“It is also a great way to pursue my passion as an entertainer and get some valuable experience performing in front of an audience,” said Razali, a performing arts student at the National Academy of Arts, Culture and Heritage (Aswara).

Razali’s gongs are unique as they are made from recycled oil lamp metals by himself.

Each time Razali performed a song, the audience prized not only the melodies, but his showmanship as he sways his body in rhythm with the melodies.

His performance was so good that it even caught the attention of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak's wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor.

“It takes a great deal of effort to be able to transform someone’s mood and attitude just by playing a few riffs.

“I hope to continue performing for my fellow Umno members and the public during the general assembly in years to come,” he said.

Razali Abdul Rahim hopes to continue to perform in years to come at Umno General Assembly. Pic by SALHANI IBRAHIM.