On the world stage

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - People - By MUMTAJ BEGUM star2@thes­tar.com.my The Pa­per’s Peo­ple is a weekly col­umn which in­tro­duces Malaysi­abased ev­ery­day folk. If you have any per­son to rec­om­mend, e-mail us at star2@ thes­tar.com.my.

EVER since learn­ing about the World Cham­pi­onship of Per­form­ing Arts four years ago, Aloy­sius Cor­nelius Susek, 28, has been dream­ing of rep­re­sent­ing Malaysia in the competition. This year, he’s fi­nally been se­lected to go to the United States to com­pete against other in­ter­na­tional per­form­ers.

Al­though a lawyer by pro­fes­sion, Susek has been pas­sion­ate about singing since he started per­form­ing in a church choir when he was 10 years old. And it is in the singing cat­e­gory (called Se­nior Vo­cal cat­e­gory) that Susek will be par­tic­i­pat­ing.

“I have been tak­ing part in the Malaysia-level (cham­pi­onship of per­form­ing arts) for the past four years. This is the first time I am rep­re­sent­ing Malaysia in the world cham­pi­onship,” he said.

This year, the competition will be held in Long Beach, Cal­i­for­nia, the United States; it is hap­pen­ing now un­til July 9. Some 66 coun­tries are tak­ing part, hop­ing to walk away with gold, sil­ver and bronze medals, as well as In­dus­try Awards and Grand Cham­pion Per­former of the World Award.

Malaysia has been par­tic­i­pat­ing in this competition an­nu­ally, bag­ging a num­ber of awards. In 2014, Malaysia won 15 gold medals, in­clud­ing four in the group dance cat­e­gory and one in solo dance cat­e­gory.

Orig­i­nally from Miri, Sarawak, Susek – who is now based in Pe­tal­ing Jaya – has been hard at work as a lit­i­ga­tor and also go­ing for vo­cal train­ing ev­ery day with a coach.

“That is my rou­tine be­cause I want to win the Grand Cham­pion award for Malaysia,” Susek said.

He will be tak­ing part in the solo cat­e­gory for vo­cal (se­nior) where he will be tested in the singing styles of Broad­way, gospel, opera, soul and world mu­sic.

“Opera is the hard­est but it is also my favourite.”

Be­sides hop­ing to win medals and awards for Malaysia, Susek hopes to learn more about per­form­ing at the cham­pi­onship as there will be a boot­camp con­ducted by world-class train­ers. But, above all, he just wants to make

Malaysia proud.

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Susek is one of 15 peo­ple rep­re­sent­ing Malaysia at the 21st World Cham­pi­onship of Per­form­ing Arts in Long Beach, Cal­i­for­nia.

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