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RHB Premier uses collaborative art to demonstrate old and new ideas could co-exist

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – RHB Premier, the premier banking services arm of RHB, has launched its newest integrated campaign which aims to convey its belief in applying the century-old bank’s tried and tested financial wisdom of the past to the wealth and investment landscapes of today and tomorrow.

Titled ‘Golden Wisdom’, the campaign depicts two renowned custodians of Chinese art – traditional calligrapher Ong Chia Koon, and contemporary visual artist Jaemy Choong, who unknowingly go head-to-head in bringing to life three wealth management concepts using their own respective art forms. As they both finished their artworks, both of their works were dramatically combined to create artistic masterpieces that were greater than the sum of their parts. 

The two artists, meeting for the first time throughout the whole co-creating process, then came to a realization that the wisdom of yesterday can indeed guide one today to the success of tomorrow.

The campaign, made possible by creative agency FCB Malaysia, aims to mark the bank’s long-term aspiration to become the bank of choice for affluent Malaysian Chinese. 

Abdul Sani Abdul Murad, group chief marketing officer at RHB Bank, noted that as the ‘Golden Wisdom’ campaign marks its first-ever brand campaign, they did not only stop at embarking on something that no other financial institutions in Malaysia had attempted before, but also establish the philosophy behind the bank’s approach to wealth management and investment.

“I believe we’ve achieved that with the help of Chia Koon and Jaemy, two personalities from different ends of the artistic spectrum who managed to leverage on their respective past and present techniques to co-create something that neither of them could achieve alone. To me, this collaboration is a true encapsulation of our brand belief of ‘Together We Progress’,” Murad said.

Aside from their appearance in the film, the three Golden Wisdom artworks – which feature fusions of traditional strokes and modern touches – were then used as print advertisements, social media content, and other communication materials for RHB Premier’s suite of wealth management products.

Speaking about the creative process, Tjer Wang, creative director at FCB Malaysia, stated that selling the idea of ‘Golden Wisdom’ during the pitch was an exciting experience for them, because it was such a refreshing, bold, and ambitious take on a subject that is generally perceived as uninteresting due to financial institutions always choosing to ‘play it safe’ when it comes to premier banking communications.

“And if I’m going to be totally honest, that was also the reason why our excitement quickly turned into nervousness after we had won the pitch. Pushing the envelope of creativity to introduce a brand that’s as well-regarded as RHB Premier could only end in two ways — a complete disaster or a resounding triumph. But thanks to the good people at RHB Premier who never stopped believing in us and the idea, and the amazing efforts of our production partners in Restless Productions and GT Records, this campaign came out a winner,” Wang added.

Meanwhile, Ong Shi Ping, co-owner and chief creative officer at FCB Malaysia, commented, “What we’ve achieved with ‘Golden Wisdom’ is building a sustainable platform for the bank to continue introducing their wealth and investment products around a compelling and unique story behind the brand’s philosophy. So, ‘Golden Wisdom’ marks the start of a long and exciting journey for RHB Premier, and you can expect to see a lot more audacious work from the brand in the near future.”