OCBC Bank (Malaysia) Berhad’s corporate customers got a taste of the Bank’s strong Asian heritage alongside its adoption of modern Western influences when they were treated to a celebration of old world glamour at the Grand Ballroom of Le Meridien Hotel Kuala Lumpur recently.
The OCBC Bank East Meets West customer appreciation night took guests through the nostalgia of the 1950s, surrounded by a classical reel of eastern and western elements with intricate birdcage chandeliers amidst the fine paraphernalia, vibrant blooms and classic sofa lounges. The crowd came dressed to the nines in their alluring cheongsams, mesmerising dresses and sharp tuxedos, channeling chinoiserie chic to the core.
“The fusion of these two beautiful cultures is even more evident now with the global connectedness created by the influence of social media paired with cutting edge technology. This has impacted our lifestyles and revolutionised banking in ways we never thought possible,” said Tan Ai Chin, OCBC Bank’s Senior Banker, Conglomerates & GLC Coverage and Head of Global Investment Banking.
“Events like this give us so much joy as we get to celebrate and honour the enduring partnerships with our loyal corporate clients through what has become a much anticipated annual event. This year’s theme was chosen as a reminder of OCBC’s remarkable eastern past and modern western diversity. Our clients always look forward in anticipation to this exclusive event each year as it never fails to be unique experience for them. More than anything, this continued to be a gathering of good friends and strong partners.”
In his opening address, Datuk Ooi Sang Kuang, Chairman of OCBC Bank had drawn reference to the rich history of innovation in OCBC, enriched by the introduction of several "firsts" into the market, driving change and pushing for even better products and services in the rapidly changing global stage.
Sultry songbird May Mow captured the hearts of the highly engaged audience with her charming good looks, captivating bassy voice, inimitable showmanship and natural stage presence, providing the perfect start to what would become an exciting evening filled with fusion-style cuisine.
But perhaps the highlight of the event – which caught customers and guests totally off-guard – was the professionally-executed surprise performance by the Bank’s staff, embodying elements of western appeal wrapped in oriental charm. The staff, from several different divisions, showcased the obvious collaborative spirit within OCBC Bank.