Bintang Kecil commemorates its 30th year with a coffee table book

By Jude Toyat
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Distinguished guests and the six finalists who will be competing in the grand final of Bintang Kecil 2016 at Stadium Perpaduan this Sunday (Dec 18).

Distinguished guests and the six finalists who will be competing in the grand final of Bintang Kecil 2016 at Stadium Perpaduan this Sunday (Dec 18).

KUCHING: A coffee table book, titled ’30 Tahun Bintang Kecil’, which commemorates RTM Sarawak’s success of organising the ‘Bintang Kecil’ singing competition for 30 years, was launched today.

The book, entirely produced by the public broadcaster in collaboration with the state government contains over 100 pages of text and photographs illustrating the history, activities, contributions and achievements that have been accomplished over the last 30 years of the singing competition.

It was launched in conjunction with the national-level 30th Bintang Kecil competition.

“RTM Sarawak was moved to produce the coffee table book in an effort to document almost everything that has got to do with the Bintang Kecil 2016, a programme that has been considered by many as an excellent platform to showcase talents of the younger generation.

Salmah (second left) clapping hands during the launching gimmick for '30 Tahun Bintang Kecil' coffee table book at Yayasan Sarawak on Dec 14.

Salmah (second left) clapping hands during the launching gimmick for ’30 Tahun Bintang Kecil’ coffee table book at Yayasan Sarawak on Dec 14.

“It is also to cherish our 30 years of organising the programme and we hope that it can be an inspiration for RTM Sarawak to improve and add value to the singing competition as it has been organised for 30 years now and to be continued in years to come,” said RTM Sarawak director Salmah Ibrahim Melina in his welcoming speech at a press conference held at Yayasan Sarawak here today.

She revealed that the first batch of printed coffee table books are very limited and they have shortlisted several individuals and parties to where it will be distributed.

“Nevertheless, those who are interested to own the coffee table book can request and book it from us and we will issue batches of the books as per requested,” she added.

This year also marks the fourth year that the ‘Berambeh’ event has been introduced into the singing competition. By participating in the event, the contestants stayed at a designated venue for several weeks to practice their singing and performance.

Since Nov 27, twelve finalists of national-level Bintang Kecil 2016 (BK2016) including Arif Mukhriz Affandi Mokhtar from Pahang, Nur Ain Nadzirah Ahmad Safrie (Sarawak), Camaiellya Edward (Sarawak), Delbert Connan John (Sabah), Putri Anis Elyssa Roslee (Perlis), Mohamad Aiman Mohd Zain (Selangor), Noor Fazreena Shahdan (Sarawak), Azleezatul Najwa Lifp (Sabah), Dania Zafirah Sulaiman (Negeri Sembilan), Feli Stacy Paimin (Sabah), Nurul Maimanah Abdul Qahhar (Melaka) and Mohammad Danial Hafiz Mohammed Zaharim (Perak) stayed at Yayasan Sarawak, until Dec 19.

Throughout the 3-week programme, the contestants were exposed to recreational activities and educational field trips to several places around the city including Sarawak State Museum, Sarawak State Library, Sultan Iskandar Planetarium, Megalanes Emart Batu Kawa and Sarawak Sentosa Theme Park.

They also competed at BK2016 first and second concert held on Dec 4 and Dec 11, respectively with only six remain and will be competing against each other to win the championship title at the grand finale to be held at Stadium Perpaduan Petra Jaya here on Dec 18.

Bintang Kecil 2016 finalists showing off their singing and dancing skills to distinguished guests at the ceremony.

Bintang Kecil 2016 finalists showing off their singing and dancing skills to distinguished guests at the ceremony.

The six finalists are Noor Fazreena, Azleezatul, Dania, Feli, Nurul Maimanah, and Mohammad Danial.

They will be judged by five professional judges and their performances will be accompanied by Kombo D’Aspirasi RTM Kuching and invited guest musicians from RTM Angkasapuri, Kuala Lumpur.

The invited artists for the final concert are young singers Haqiem Rusli and Harris Baba, Bintang Kecil 2015 champion Halim Hisamuddin as well as Bintang Kecil 2014 finalists Farhana and Kiki.

Tourism Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg is expected to officiate the grand finale, accompanied by the Chief Minister’s wife Datin Patinggi Datuk Amar Jamilah Anu, State Legislative Assembly speaker Datuk Amar Mohamad Asfia Awang Nassar and wife Dato Fatimah Mohd Iskandar.

The winner of Bintang Kecil 2016 will walk away with RM15,000. Meanwhile, the first and second runner ups will receive RM10,000 and RM7,000. The other three finalists will receive consolation prizes of RM3,000 while winner of Best Performance will take home a cash prize of RM1,000. All winners will also receive a trophy and certificate.

Members of the public are welcome to the concert as admission is free with lots of interesting prizes to be won.

The final concert will be screened live on TV1 and also on TVi from 8.30pm onwards. Listeners can also listen to the final concert via SarawakFM,NasionalFM and online radio at

Bintang Kecil singing competition was first proposed by former RTM Sarawak director Datuk Affandi Tahir and held for the first time in Kuching in 1986 with an amazing response by a total of 156 children aged seven to 11 went for its audition. It aimed at fostering talent and love among children of different races towards the field of art primarily in singing.

Cutting the cake to mark the 30th year of Bintang Kecil.

Cutting the cake to celebrate the 30th year of Bintang Kecil.

The first Bintang Kecil champion was Nur Syarfeeza Bisnu.

In 1998, it was held for the first time at the national-level and witnessed Elizabeth Applunius from Sabah emerged as the champion. As a result of its successes, former Chief Minister (now TYT) Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud suggested to RTM Sarawak for them to expand the participation to children from Brunei Darussalam in 2006.

Bintang Kecil singing competition received a certificate from the Malaysia Book of Records in recoginition of running ‘The Longest Production and Broadcast of Children Singing competition in Radio’ on June 12, 2010 in conjunction with its Silver Jubilee celebration that year.

Today, Kuching remains the only city to organise the singing competition since 30 years ago. It resembles the determination by RTM Saarwak to continue the legacy of such prestigious event jointly organised with the State Government here.

The competition have proved to produce such notable singers including Norafizah Busman (Bintang Kecil 1999 champion) as well as Bintang Kecil 2000 champion Dewi Liana Seriestha and first runner-up Shila Amzah.

Call RTM Sarawak (Public Relations Unit) at 082-248422 for more information and to purchase the ’30 Tahun Bintang Kecil’ coffee table book.

Also present were Deputy State Secretary Datu Ismawi Ismuni, Yayasan Sarawak director Azmi Bujang, RTM Sarawak radio section principal assistant director Faridah Sulong, Bintang Kecil 2016 producer Erma Kartika.

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