Es­ther wins big in singing con­test

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KOTA KIN­A­BALU: Es­ther Ap­plu­nius Chin, who wowed judges with a seam­less per­for­mance, emerged as the champion in the Star Search 999 Singing Com­pe­ti­tion.

The 29-year-old as­pir­ing singer from Kota Kin­a­balu, who has pre­vi­ously won a num­ber of singing con­tests, bagged a big RM39,999 cash prize and tro­phy.

One of the judges com­mented that Es­ther’s level of per­for­mance and singing was above that of other com­peti­tors.

She was the win­ner in Bin­tang Ke­cil 1998, One in a Mil­lion in 2009 and the Best Song award in Anugerah Juara Carta Lagu Ar­tis Sabah 2011.

The sec­ond prize of RM19,999 went to Chris­tine Chua Yea En, 20, from Miri, Sarawak, while the third prize of RM9,999 went to Lim Hong Yi, 24, from Se­lan­gor.

Mean­while, the re­main­ing seven fi­nal­ists re­ceived RM999 each. They are Junz Tai Chun Leong, 22, (Kota Kin­a­balu), Annabelle Voo Pei Pei, 21, (Kota Kin­a­balu), Des­mond Anak Je­tim, 23, (Kuching), Ed­mund Chain Wee Tat, 28, (Kota Kin­a­balu), Chuah Ying Wei, 17, (Pe­nang), Me­gan Hen Zhi Jun, 21, (Kota Kin­a­balu) and Shirley Tiong Hui King, 21, (Tawau).

The event was or­ga­nized by SabahLabuan Mo­tion Pic­ture Traders and En­ter­tain­ment As­so­ci­a­tion (Slamptea) with the aim of un­cov­er­ing and groom­ing young singing tal­ents.

To­wards the end of the grand fi­nal on Wed­nes­day, one of the judges re­marked that the event re­flected the high stan­dard of singing con­test in East Malaysia.

Apart from the con­tes­tants, the or­ga­nizer had also in­vited renowned Malaysian singer Zhuang Xue Zhong to per­form.

The guest of hon­our, Datuk Su­san Wong Siew Guen, said the Star Search 999 Singing Com­pe­ti­tion, which of­fered a to­tal cash prize of RM76,999 spon­sored by 999 Bar Sdn Bhd, was very cre­ative and mean­ing­ful as it en­cour­aged more lo­cal young as­pir­ing singers to par­tic­i­pate in the con­test.

She said the par­tic­i­pants also had the op­por­tu­nity to per­form at a grand stage in 999 Bar, which the pro­pri­etor Liew Pin Cheong spent over RM1 mil­lion to con­struct, dur­ing the pre­lim­i­nary and semi-fi­nal rounds.

Su­san said the ma­jor singing con­test or­ga­nized by Slamptea would help boost the lo­cal tourism sec­tor.

“We hope Slamptea pres­i­dent Peter Chow and his team will con­tinue to or­ga­nize more large-scale en­ter­tain­ment events to pro­mote Sabah to the do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional tourists,” she said.

Mean­while, Chow said the var­i­ous sec­tors in Sabah must be well-pre­pared to face the chang­ing times.

For in­stance, he said the tourism in­dus­try was a new eco­nomic sec­tor for Sabah which would cer­tainly con­trib­ute a con­sid­er­able amount of rev­enue to the State in the fu­ture.

“As such, we hope that ho­tels, bar and lounges could give lo­cal singers a chance to show­case their tal­ents.

“At the same time, I hope lo­cal singers do not just per­form in a sin­gle lan­guage.

“In this mul­ti­cul­tural coun­try, lo­cal singers should be able to per­form Man­darin, Malay and English songs, or even bet­ter, Korean and Ja­panese ti­tles.”

With the con­certed ef­fort from ho­tels, lounges and singers, Chow be­lieved that the singing and en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try could be pro­pelled to greater heights.

Also present were Con­sul of the Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of China in Kota Kin­a­balu, He Su­jin, and Vice Con­sul Liu Wei, Huang As­so­ci­a­tion of Malaysia pres­i­dent Datuk Wong Ten An, Slamptea life hon­orary ad­vi­sor Datuk Dr Yee Moh Chai, hon­orary ad­vi­sor Datuk Chin Chee Kee, Li Su Fook and Kap­i­tan Lim Vun Chan, legal ad­vi­sor Kap­i­tan Chin Tek Ming, Lin­tasan Re­sources Sdn Bhd ex­ec­u­tive chair­man Datuk Paul Lim, con­test pro­ducer Ricky Lee and or­ga­niz­ing chair­man Ch­ester Pang.

The win­ners, Es­ther (sev­enth left), Chris­tine (sixth left) and Hong Yi (eighth right) with Su­san (sev­enth right), Liew (fifth left), Chow (fifth right),Yee (third right), Lim (sec­ond right),Ten An (far right), Pang (fourth left) and the judges.

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