Root for our little stars at RTM’s 29th ‘Bintang Kecil’ competition
WHAT DO MALAYSIAN SINGERS Shila Amzah, Dayang Nurfaizah and Esther Applunius have in common?
They were actually former participants of Radio Televisyen Malaysia’s (RTM) Bintang Kecil competition, and this year marks the 29th year the singing competition is being held in Sarawak since 1986.
“The contest is aimed to hone young singing talents, build up the confidence in the children, foster unity since young and to sustain the national culture through the use of national language,” RTM senior assistant director (engineering) Ahmad Razzaly said at a press conference held at the RTM auditorium June 11.
The singing competition is open for children aged 7 to 11 and is divided into three stages; audition, state-level and national level.
The Sarawak state-level finale will be held this Saturday, June 14 at RTM Kuching’s P Ramlee Auditorium at 8.30pm where eight finalists will be competing for the final four places to represent Sarawak at the national level of the competition from Nov 22-Dec 14.
Our eight Sarawak finalists are Abdul Rahim Ismail, 11, from SK Encik Buyong Kuching; Mohd Harris Mukhriz Haron, 10, from SK Green Road Kuching; Abdul Halim Hisamudin from SK Bandar Semariang Kuching; Nordiana Abdullah, 10, from SK Mukah; Fernandez Lazarus, 11 from SK St. Peter Saratok; Tiong Jie Ying, 11, from SJK (C) Sungai Jaong Marudi, Baram; Venesarinna William, 11, from SK Sebauh Bintulu and Nor Nabila Mahyuddin, 11, from SK Tatau.
This year saw a higher number of participants with 420 young hopefuls showing up for auditions at 32 locations throughout Sarawak last April 2 to 13.
Last year there were only 370 participants who came for the Bintang Kecil audition.
Faridah Sulong, RTM Assistant Director Radio told reporters this year that there will be no champion, first runner-up, second runner-up, or third runner up titles given out like previous years.
“In the end only four will emerge as top 4, and walk home with RM2,000, plaque and certificate each,” she said. The top 4 finalists will represent Sarawak at the national level against 8 singers from Peninsular Malaysia, 4 from Sabah and 1 from Brunei.
“The other four will also bring home consolation prizes worth RM1,000, plaques and certificates.”
At the national level, these little stars from Sabah, Sarawak and the Peninsular team will come together for three weeks of training and fun from November 22 to December 2014.
Catch them this Saturday at Auditorium P Ramlee RTM Kuching at 8.30pm. It is open to the public and entrance is free.
If you cannot make it, listen to the live broadcast on SarawakFM and online radio at www.rtmsarawak.gov.my/SARAWAKfm