KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) – Iconic landmarks and elements best associated with Malaysia adorned the doodle put up on the Google Malaysia homepage as the country marked the 51st Malaysia Day anniversary yesterday.
Titled ‘Beauty of Malaysia’, the artwork designed by student Lee Yee Run of SMJK(C) Yoke Kuan in Sekinchan, Selangor, was the grand winner of the ‘Malaysia’s Doodle 4 Google’ competition on Sept 8.
Adjudged the best entry in the ages 16-17 category, the doodle featured a colourful rendition of the Kuala Lumpur Tower, Petronas Twin Towers and Penang Bridge along with the national flower Hibiscus, Jalur Gemilang national flag and a beach scene.
“Many of us may have been caught up in the hustle and bustle of life, missing out the beauty of our country,” Lee said in a short message which accompanied his winning entry.
“Let’s step out of the box, travel to attractive spots, discover and embrace the true and unique colours of Malaysia. Malaysia to me and you is surely a beautiful place to stay,” he said.
Besides the 16-17 years old category, the competition also comprised three other categories for ages 7-9, 10-12 and 13-15.
The entries were judged on three aspects, one of which was artistic merit whereby the panel of judges, including Google staff and the public, evaluated the quality and skill demonstrated in the doodle, considering each contestant’s age group.
The creativity aspect evaluated how well the student incorporated the Google logo into his or her illustration while the final aspect of theme communication scrutinised how clearly the competition theme was expressed in both the artwork and the written statement.
Twenty entries were shortlisted as finalists.
Vaisnawi Harulnathan of SJK(T) Vallambrosa, Klang, topped the ages 7-9 category while Chin Joe Yi of SJK(C) Kwang Hwa, Penang, aced the ages 10-12 category. Mohammed Anoof Ibrahim from Mutiara International Grammar School, Ampang, had the best entry in the ages 13-15 category.
With the theme ‘Malaysia to me is…’ the Doodle 4 Google competition was launched back in April in conjunction with Visit Malaysia Year 2014.