The Tengku Ahmad Rithauddeen Award Essay Writing Competition 2019 Prize Giving was held at the University of Nottingham Malaysia’s Kuala Lumpur Teaching Centre (KLTC) on 5 October 2019. About 60 guests comprising the UNAM Governing Council members, University of Nottingham Malaysia (UNM) faculty members, participants, parents and youth members attended the function.
It was the first time in the five years of the competition that UNM has hosted the Prize Giving ceremony in their Kuala Lumpur Teaching Centre on Jalan Raja Chulan. Despite the rain and the traffic, we saw nearly 60 guest brave these conditions to celebrate these winners for their efforts.
There was a record of 38 participants for this year’s essay topic on: Corruption: what does it mean to your generation? How can corruption, in your view be reduced or eliminated. This year’s essay come from Schools and Institutions of Higher learning through Peninsular Malaysia. Our youths spoke of their understanding of Corruption and defended their views with examples giving the judges a bird’s eye view of their journey growing up in Malaysia. The submissions were of high quality as attested through the command of English used in the writings and also to add colour and drama as they wrote their hopes to better the place they call their home, Malaysia.
The winner of the 1st prize was Zarith Sufiah from the UiTM who received a cash prize of RM2,000.00. The 2nd prize of RM1,500.00 went to Muhammad Syabil Saifuddin from Kolej Yayasan Saad, Malacca, while the 3rd Prize of RM1,000.00 went to Hidayatul Athirah Alffian from the University of Nottingham Malaysia.
Consolation prizes of RM100.00 were also given to the following participants:
- Charmaine Phong Jia Min – University of Nottingham Malaysia
- Owen Lim Chi Loon – Mantissa College
- Olivia Angelyn Letchumi – SMK Puteri Titiwangsa
- Monte Tan Jia Ying – Real International School
- Ooi Zhanwei – Malacca Manipal Medical College
The winners received their prizes from Y.Bhg Dato’ Santhananaban (Chairman of the Organising Committee and Vice President of UNAM), Prof. Graham Kendall (Provost of the University of Nottingham Malaysia) and Y.Bhg Tan Sri Razali Ismail (Acting President of UNAM).
This award is a joint effort between the University of Nottingham Malaysia and UNAM in recognition of YM Tengku’s contribution to the nation as a minister in various capacities for 20 years and also as the president of UNAM for 34 years. It aims to improve the knowledge and understanding of A level and first year undergraduates and issues that concern the nation building of Malaysia.
The prize winning essays can be found in the following: