Bright young sparks show that Kuching’s got talent in grand finale
By Jude Toyat
Academic achievement and good grades are not a sufficient gauge of a person’s true worth and abilities.
There are other facets that students must develop to grow into well-rounded individuals and citizens which include community service, sports, arts and music.
“Music helps our youth to develop their sensibilities and appreciate the aesthetics.
“It also contributes to the building of the ‘heartware’ of Sarawak – learning to express our aspirations, joys and sorrows, and sharing them with others, understanding the human world and its concerns, and appreciating the finer things in life. In the coming years, music helps one to define and articulate national and self-identity,” said Welfare, Women and Community Wellbeing Minister Datuk Fatimah Abdullah.
In her officiating speech at the Kuching Got Talent grand finale held at MBKS on Aug 20, Fatimah spoke on how in Sarawak, every human resource was a scarce resource that should be developed to its fullest potential.
“We must, as communities, take an active interest in the development of the young,” she said, adding that the development process must include both the development of the youth potential and strengthening their attachment and care for the community.
“It is heartening to know that MBKS has taken up the challenge of promoting music among young people in Kuching and providing a platform for our budding and talented singers and musicians to perform.
“It is the spirit of wanting to harness the potential of the young for the benefit of the community that MBKS went on to organise a talent development programme for Kuchingites,” said Fatimah, who hopes that it will be a good indicator of the level of music participation by the youth.
“Kuching Got Talent programme has certainly opened up an avenue for youth to pursue their love for music,” she said, adding that the youth was showing an increasing appreciation of and participation in music here in Kuching.
“I hope that the interest and enthusiasm built up in our youth while they are in school and our higher educational institutions will be sustained as they grow up into working and adult life.
“We must continue to cultivate this interest, and to provide opportunities for those with the talent and passion to excel in the music,” said Fatimah, congratulating all the participants who had wholeheartedly put up their tremendous effort to produce fine performances, adding that their participation is key to the community realising a younger generation capable of leading the community in future.
During the grand finale, Julisha Jeraie reigned supreme in the singing category through her spectacular performance of a Chinese song. Meanwhile, Adeline Tan Ai Ling and Edric Chang Jee Khong were first and second runner-ups, respectively.
Consolation prize winners in this category include F.K. Crew, Belle Bong Ping Fei, Chua Tao Phiaw, August Duo, Daniel Foon Kai Ern, Kuan You Wei and Siti Hajar Hashim.
As for the dance category, energetic quadruplet VXH emerged as champion, leaving ODAAK Diva Girls and Freaky 4 Dance Crew as first and second runner-ups respectively. Other contestants in this category include Buddy, Little Twinkle, Mister Queen, Bitachiness Soul, and SMK Jalan Arang Chinese Club Dancing Group.
Low Fai Jing was named the champion in the other talent category through her spectacular aerial modern dance performance that left members of the audience in awe. The first and second runner-ups were C.A.C Junior and Loka Projek.
Other contestants in the other talent category were High 4, Bayu Kenyalang, Star RG, Silvia Sim Ya Ya and Che Ling Wan Jia.
Champions in the singing and dancing categories received cash prize of RM3, 000, while the first and second runner-ups bagged home RM2, 000 and RM1, 000 each.
Meanwhile, in the other talent category, champion received RM2, 000, while first and second runner-ups bagged home RM1, 500 and RM800, respectively.
Consolation prizes winners received a cash prize of RM100, and all participants also received a trophy each.
Bayu Kenyalang was the winner for the ‘Facebook Most Liked’ special award, with the highest accumulation of 1, 500 likes or votes from the Kuching Got Talent 2016 Facebook page. They received a trophy.
The Kuching Got Talent 2016 participants were judged based on their creativity and uniqueness, talent and technical skill, entertainment value, and overall stage presentation by a panel of judging comprising of four experienced and qualified professionals from the music and entertainment industry namely Bobby Tan, Enen Lim, Nisa Addina Taufik and Helen Yap.
Also present at the grand finale event hosted by Sarawakian singer and composer Winson Voon were Kuching South City mayor Datuk James Chan Khay Syn and Kuching Got Talent Finale 2016 organising chairman Councillor Goh Tze Hui.
Since its inception in 2012, Kuching Got Talent has been in centre of attention among the general public and is one of the highlights of Kuching Festival Fair. The fair, jointly organised by MBKS and Kuching North City Commission (DBKU) is organised to commemorate City Day annually and this year it was held from July 29 to Aug 21.
Apart from the talent search, other event of the fair include sales booths, business exhibitions, funfair stalls, garden show, Yuanji dance performance, folk dance performance, martial arts and traditional oriental music performance, basketball competition, Kuching Zumba Fiesta, and rugby championship. Sarawak Traditional Dance Festival 2016, City Prime Talk, Kuching Sarawak 2016 performances and City Day Fun Ride were also part of the highlights for this year’s fair.