Attractive prizes await winners of ‘Kuching… City of Unity’ short video competition

By Jude Toyat
judetoyat@theborneopost.com
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Azam Sarawak chief executive officer Datu Aloysius J Dris (fourth left) handing a momento of appreciation to DBKU mayor Datuk Abang Abdul Wahap Abang Julai.

Azam Sarawak chief executive officer Datu Aloysius J Dris (fourth left) handing a memento of appreciation to DBKU mayor Datuk Abang Abdul Wahap Abang Julai.

 

KUCHING: For professional and amateur filmmakers in Sarawak, a short video competition on ‘Kuching… City of Unity’ launched on Nov 14 will give creative minds a platform to express their vision of unity in Kuching.

Organised by Angkatan Zaman Mansang (Azam) Sarawak in collaboration with the state government, the competition is being held in conjunction with Kuching being declared the City of Unity on August 1 this year.

Kuching North City Commission (DBKU) mayor Datuk Abang Abdul Wahap Abang Julai acknowledged the importance of keeping the spirit of unity alive and keeping the ‘Kuching…City of Unity’ spirit present all year round.

“‘Kuching…City of Unity’ is not only an effort to promote social unity in Sarawak, but is also a branding to represent Sarawak internationally. This includes presenting to the world community, Kuching and Sarawak as tourism destinations with the unique branding of social unity,” he said in his speech launching the short video competition at the State Library on Nov 14.

The short video competition will provide an opportunity to use digital technology to promote the City of Unity to a wider audience worldwide through the Internet via YouTube and online social media.

“We believe the competition is also a good platform for the younger generation who comprise mainly those born and brought up during this Digital Age. It is a way of engaging our younger generations in efforts to promote and preserve our social unity,” he added.

Cash prizes await the winners for both Open and Student categories. The winner of the Open category (16 years old and above) will receive RM12,000 while the winner in the Student category (16 to 26 years old) will receive RM10,000.

The short video competition will run from November 14 until May 16 next year to enable more Sarawakians to submit quality entries, and is seen as an opportunity for the community to capture and express their idea of unity especially within the context of the state capital, Kuching.

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A youth forum was held at the same venue earlier with representatives from various organisations speaking on the theme of unity: Gerakan Perpaduan dan Integrasi Unimas president Alexander Goh, Malaysian Youth Parliament member Isaac Lee, Kuching Indian Muslim Association exco member Khabirudeen Pulaver, Sarawak Arts practitioner Alena Murang, and Sarawak Development Institute (SDI) head of conference division Rosalind Wong and moderated by Azam Sarawak honorary secretary Mohamad Ariff Irwani Azahari.

“Both our local authorities DBKU and MBKS will continue to play an active part in this programme to build up the branding of Kuching as a City of Unity not only as a model to our other urban centres in Sarawak but also for those outside Sarawak.”

The declaration of Kuching as a City of Unity was initiated by the 1Malaysia Foundation based on specific criteria, and endorsed by the state government.

The ‘Kuching…City of Unity’ programme is an on-going incentive by the Ministry of Tourism Sarawak, the Chief Minister’s Department, DBKU and MBKS, supported by NGOs such as Azam Sarawak.

Also attending the ceremony was Yayasan 1Malaysia (YIM) member of the Board of Trustees Dr Peter Kedit.

For more information on the short video competition, call Azam at 082-411799.

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