| Ishan Ibrahim |
ABD Hadi bin Mohamed and Nicole Chong Ming were yesterday named winners of a short story competition for the Asean Young Writers Award during a prize presentation ceremony held at the Language and Literature Bureau (DBP).
Abd Hadi bin Mohamed received recognition for his ‘Berubahnya Aku’ entry in the Bahasa Melayu category and Nicole Chong Ming for her ‘Through Thick and Thin’ entry in the English category.
Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Managing Director cum guest of honour Hj Brahim bin Hj Ismail awarded the prizes to the deserving winners.
The winners of the Mekar-Juara Pelajar 2014 Magazine were also announced.
Category A (Creative) winner Aida Adriana binti Jaya submitted ‘Azam dan Tekad Saya,’ while Category A (Non-Creative) winner Nur Syahirah binti Hairul Azmi submitted ‘Jika Hendak Berjaya.’ Both took home a $300 cash prize each, trophy and other DBP book publications.
Category B (Creative) winner Muhamad Haziq Zikry bin Mohamad Ariff submitted ‘Ibu,’ while Category B (Non-Creative) winner Nisa Najihah binti Hj Mahleyuddin submitted ‘Faedah Membaca.’ They were both awarded $400 cash prize, a trophy and other DBP book publications.
Category C (Creative) winner Kong Mei Ling submitted ‘Nasi Sudah Menjadi Bubor,’ while Category C (Non-Creative) winner Nurainina Hanani binti Samri submitted ‘Aktiviti Riadah Mengeratkan Hubungan Kekeluargaan.’ Both were awarded with a $500 cash prize, trophy and DBP book publications.
The competition is open to students from primary and secondary schools, government and private.
In her address, DBP Acting Director Hjh Nortijah binti Hj Mohd Hassan lauded the efforts of participants for their correct usage of the Malay language in both the creative and non-creative categories. However, she expressed regret at the decrease in the number of participants due to the change in competition format.
She also touched on the Short Story Competition of the Asean Young Writers Award.
The winners are scheduled to be selected to participate in the awards ceremony in Thailand, where they will become ambassadors of Brunei, she explained.
The Asean Young Writers Award is the region’s literary prize jointly established in Thailand by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration and the Organising Committee of the SEA Write Award in collaboration with the SEA Write Network and Faculty of Liberal Arts of Mahidol University.