| Liza Mohamad |
HUNDREDS of people flocked to the Municipal Council Hall in Kuala Belait yesterday morning to see a myriad of cats on display at the 2014 Belait District Local and International Cat Show.
Thirty-three cats competed in five categories – Persian, Siamese, Local, Neutered and Mixed Breed.
The cats were judged mainly on their fur, health and cleanliness. Extra categories included “Most Photogenic”, “The Biggest”, “Best Fur”, “Unique” and “Best of the Best”, which automatically puts the winning cat as the overall winner of the show.
Hjh Shamsiah Abd Latif, Executive Secretary of the Women’s Institute of Brunei Darussalam, was the guest of honour who also presented the prizes.
According to the event chairperson, Hjh Julia Chee, the competition, was one of the district’s most looked forward to event each year as it is held in conjunction with the birthday celebrations of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam.
Organised by the Women’s Institute (Belait Branch), this year’s competition saw a large turnout in both competitors and visitors, due to the presence of the main sponsor Petlink Enterprise Sdn Bhd, who also provided the prizes.
“We normally hold this annually but last year, we organised this competition after a year’s break and the turnout was quite poor because of the absence of sponsors.
“However, Petlink came in this year and they have really ensured a big turnout for the event.
“In fact, everyone gets to go home a winner because all participants will receive a supply of Royal Canin cat food from Petlink,” said Lydia Erina Hj Othman, who was the scoring judge for the “Most Beautiful Coat” award.
In the Neutered category, Azul, a cat belonging to a man who only wished to be identified as Raiman, took the spotlight of the day, winning his category as well as several others to win the coveted “Best of the Best” cat in the show for 2014.