Sabah school top of DBP youth forum competition
By Danielle Sendou Ringgit
SMK Kuhara from Tawau, Sabah beat 15 other schools from different states when it won the Youth Forum Competition National Level 2015 organised by Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP) Malaysia, Ministry of Education Malaysia and the Sarawak state government.
The winning team consisting of Muhammad Zamri Maddimunri, Nur Rismah Rizal, Zipporah Yohanis, Nurul Atika Bacho and Nurulanis Farhah Jamli Razif walked away with the winning prize of RM3000, a trophy, participating certificates and books published by DBP.
First- and second-runner ups for the competition were SMK Tatau from Bintulu, Sarawak, and SMK Dato Perdana of Bachok, Kelantan. They each walked away with winning prize of RM2500, participating certificates while second runner and RM2000, participating certificates respectively.
“This year marks the 26th year since the forum competition was introduced in 1989, aiming to encourage good command of Bahasa Melayu among the youths,” said DBP Director Datuk Awang Sariyan in his speech.
Awang Sariyan also said that the forum encouraged students to react quickly by voicing out constructive and valuable opinions as well as fostering speaking skills, interaction, teamwork as well as personal grooming.
“The skill and ability to communicate and present a speech in a good and effective manner is useful for students in securing a job in the future,” said Awang Sariyan.
Muhammad Zamri Maddimunri of SMK Kuhara also won best forum chairman, while Nur Hadianna Samad of SMK Tatau won best forum member, with each winning RM200, participating certificate and books published by DBP.
The 16 schools that participated in the two-day competition included SMK Tinggi of Segamat, Johor; SMK Derma of Kangar, Perlis; SMK Padang Terap of Kuala Nerang, Kedah; SMK Seri Bentong of Karak, Pahang; SMK Kuhara of Tawau, Sabah; SMK Seri Nibong of Nibogng Tebal, Pulau Pinang; SMK Tatau of Bintulu, Sarawak; SMK Labuan of Wilayah Persekutuan Labuan; SMK Syeikh Abdul Ghani of Bidor, Perak; SMKA Sultan Muhammad of Batu Berendam, Melaka; SMK Batu Muda of Kuala Lumpur; SMK Tinggi Klang of Klang, Selangor; SMK Mak Lagam of Kemaman, Terengganu; SMK Dato’ Undang Musa Al-Haj of Jelebu, Negeri Sembilan; SMK Putrajaya Presint (8) of Putrajaya and SMK Dato Perdana of Bachok, Kelantan.
Also present for the prize-giving and closing ceremony was Head of State Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud.