Cash prizes for Asean folklore stories contest winners

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN (Borneo Bulletin/ANN) - SITI Maisarah binti Mohammad Asnawi from Ratna Haji Mohd Jaafar Primary School in Kiarong and Awangku Muhammad Aqil Nufail bin Pengiran Hasnul Bahrin from Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Damit Girls Arabic Religious Secondary School (SUAMPRIPAD) emerged champions in the Asean Folklore Story-telling Competition 2018 for Category A and Category B respectively.

Both winners walked away with a cash prize worth BND500.

In second place for Category A was Muhammad Amin Waie bin Haji Mohammad Firman from Ratna Haji Mohd Jaafar Primary School in Kiarong, while Waiz Amani bin Aminuddin from SUAMPRIPAD won second place for Category B. Both received a BND400 prize.

Ainaa Zunah Insyirah binti Haji Abdul Manap from Arabic Preparatory School of Bandar Seri Begawan was in third place for Category A, with Nadia Pang binti Muhammad Rais Pang @ Pang Suk Hui from St Andrew’s School winning the same spot in Category B. Both received a BND300 prize. All winners also received certificates of participation.

The other participants received consolation prizes worth BND150 with certificates of participation.

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

Acting Director of Language and Literature Bureau (DBP), Hajah Sariani binti Haji Ishak in her welcoming remarks highlighted that the folklore storytelling was held for the first time, with participants sharing ASEAN folklore stories.

She added that it was part of the DBP’s initiatives to prepare a platform for participants to show their potential and ability to think creatively, and expressing their imagination according to the context of their stories.

"This year, 118 participants aged eight to 12 from 39 schools (government and private) participated. Only eight moved on to the finals," she said.

The competition also aimed to promote folklore stories of Asean member countries and instil the spirit of reading in children. The competition was organised by the Library Division of DBP in conjunction with the declaration of Bandar Seri Begawan as the Asean City of Culture 2017-2018.