MORE THAN 4,000 YOUNG MALAYSIANS PARTICIPATED IN THE MAYBANK FOUNDATION – PERDANA LEADERSHIP FOUNDATION WRITING AND PHOTO CONTEST 2015!
The Secretariat happily sorting out the almost 4,000 fiction and essay entries received! Included in the photo are (standing, L to R): Puan Zarina Abu Bakar, General Manager, PLF; Encik Shahril Anuar Jimin, CEO, MF; Encik Ahmad Faezal Mohamed, Head, Corporate Responsibility, MF.
The Maybank Foundation – Perdana Leadership Foundation Writing and Photo Contest 2015 themed “Empowering Youth for a Better ASEAN” ended at the end of September with more than 3,900 written submissions and more than 3,000 photos from young Malaysians from all over the world.
The fiction and essay category had entries that ranged from science fiction to serious contemplations of current issues, while Instagram photos with the contest hashtag #AYAcontest2015 (ASEAN Youth in Action!) depicted youth in various activities, from sports to dance to community work. The contest judges – who include bestselling novelist Tunku Halim, literature professor Dato’ Ghulam Sarwar Yousof, photographer-lecturer Che Ahmad Azhar and TV-anchor and columnist Ben Ibrahim, now face the tough task of determining the contest winners.
Tan Sri Nik Mohamed Nik Yaacob, Executive Director, Perdana Leadership Foundation, said, “We are delighted by the response to the contest as we see a big increase in participation, especially from the secondary schools. We thank all entrants for their submissions and thank also the parents, teachers and lecturers who encouraged their students to take part. Perdana Leadership Foundation believes that original thought and their articulation are essential to good leadership and this contest, we believe, emphasizes those qualities.”
With more than RM200, 000 in cash prizes alone and up to fifty prizes per category, the contest offers many young Malaysians between the age of 13 and 21 the chance to be rewarded for their essay, fiction and photo-essay. This is the second Perdana Leadership Foundation and Maybank Foundation collaboration and the first time that the organisers are inviting fiction and photo submissions, making it one of the first nationwide contests for young fiction writers.
“The number of fiction and photo entries tells us that many young Malaysians are very creative but need encouragement, incentive and a communications channel. We are privileged that our contest is one of those channels and we hope that this programme has lit the creative spark within all contestants. Maybank Foundation is a strong supporter of pursuits that encourage creativity and empowerment such as this contest. We believe that this essay & photo contest will inspire deeper thought and analysis on the future of the country, by the very people who will inherit this nation. We look forward to meeting with the top winners soon!” said Encik Shahril Anuar Jimin, the CEO of Maybank Foundation.
The contest ran from May to September 2015. In August, workshops on writing and photo-journalism were held in Kuantan, Penang, Kuching and Batu Pahat, which taught the rudiments of writing and photography to more than 200 students.
The results of the contest will be announced in November and a prize giving ceremony will be held in January 2016 to fete the contest winners. For more information, log on to http://www.MaybankPerdanaContest.com.
About Perdana Leadership Foundation:
Established in the year 2003, Perdana Leadership Foundation is a non-profit organisation dedicated to Malaysia’s leadership history, highlighting in particular the policies, strategies and contributions of Malaysia’s past Prime Ministers. The Foundation preserves documents and disseminates materials – including speeches, news clippings and magazine articles – related to the country’s nation-building journey. Its Library currently houses more than three hundred thousand digital documents related to the nation’s past leaders. Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad is the Foundation’s Honorary President.
About Maybank Foundation:
Maybank Foundation was incorporated in 2010, in conjunction with Maybank Group’s 50th anniversary. Today, Maybank Foundation stands as the Group’s new vehicle for Corporate Responsibility, aiming to expand the Group’s impact across the region, touching lives and empowering communities to build a better future both for present and future generations. For more information, please visit www.maybankfoundation.com.
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