Host of prizes for ‘story tellers’

Izah Azahari

Nayla Raeesa binti Haji Norzaidi and Muhammad Zarif Irfan bin Haji Awang Muliadi championed in Category A (Malay Language) and Category B (English Language) of the Mari Bercerita Competition Finals 2020 organised by the Language and Literature Bureau’s Library Section at the Balai Sarmayuda yesterday.

First runners-up in Category A and Category B went to Muhammad Azhan Fikri bin Nasrul Muhaimin and Muhammad Aiman Asyraf bin Haji Hazaman, while Muhd Ilham Haqiqie bin Abdullah Muhd Kelali and Siti Nurunnajihah binti Haji Yahmiruddin Shah took third places in Category A and Category B.

Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin, the guest of honour, presented prizes to the winners.

The champions took home BND300, a year’s subscription to Mekar and Naindung magazines, as well as certificates of participation. The first runners-up received BND200, a year’s subscription to Mekar and Naindung magazines and certificates of participation. Third place brought home BND100, a year’s subscription to Mekar and Naindung magazines and certificates of participation.

Souvenirs in the form of school supply hampers, a year’s subscription to Mekar and Naindung magazines, as well as certificates of participation were given to other participants.

Participants perform at the competition. PHOTO: IZAH AZAHARI

Participants also received sponsored prizes from a number of companies and institutions.

The Mari Bercerita Competition has been held since 1983 with the aim of cultivating the spirit of reading among children, and make stories a source of imagination, inspiration to generate creativity while telling stories, as well as to provide training to children to practise public speaking.

Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports (MCYS) Pengiran Haji Mohd Hasnan bin Pengiran Haji Ali Hassan, directors as well as senior officers at the MCYS were also present.

Head of the Library Section Emi Suryaney binti Haji Hipny said the competition is an annual activity of the Language and Literature Bureau, specifically for children aged between eight and 12, with two categories that see children telling stories in either the Malay or English languages.

Emi Suryaney said 52 participated in the first round of the competition from August 28 to September 11, where eight showed their talent in story-telling.

She said the event is hoped to instil the culture of reading for children, as well as bring them closer to the library and carry out beneficial activities for their studies and daily life. “Insya Allah, the Language and Literature Bureau will continue its efforts to hold the competition in the future to produce more confident, brave, creative, innovative and competitive children,” said Emi Suryaney.