31 March 2018 - Arthur E. Lee is appointed President of the Society of Performing Arts Kota Kinabalu Sabah (SPArKS) following its recently held 6th Bienniel Meeting at Hotel No. 5. He succeeds Roger Wang who takes on the role of Kota Kinabalu Jazz Festival Coordinating Advisor as of 31st March 2018.

“We are pleased to welcome our new SPArKS Executive Committee for the term 2018-2020,” said Lee. “Each member of this highly talented group brings a wealth of knowledge from the performing arts industry and will be a significant asset for achieving the SPArKS mission.”

During the Bienniel Meeting, the committee reviewed the organisation’s major accomplishments in 2016 and 2017, where the highlights included the successful Kota Kinabalu Jazz Festival as well as the regularly collaborated programmes with the United States Embassy in Malaysia.

Joining Lee are a list of highly active individuals within the performing arts industry in Sabah. Emmanuel Chee who was recently involved with the Black Box KK project was appointed the Vice President, Eilvane Chieng and May Ng, both served as the secretary and treasurer during the last term retain their posts. Completing the committee are music producer Chris Pereira as well as theater enthusiasts, Susan Bansin and Tracy Deborah.

In his speech as incoming president, Lee said that SPArKS will continue to support the advancement of the performing arts in Kota Kinabalu as well as statewide. "We are always actively assisting the creative sector with emphasis on the youth. They will shape the future of performing arts in Sabah and the best thing to do at this point in time is to provide them a variety of platforms that they can use to move upwards,” he elaborated.

Lee and his committee will serve the two years term commencing 31st March 2018.

The newly elected committee as appeared on Daily Express (2 April 2018)