SMK Riam team wins this year’s Lo­cal Con­tent com­pe­ti­tion

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Ini­tia­tive of Pus­taka and Un­i­mas to doc­u­ment and pro­duce out­come of re­searches from com­pe­ti­tions like this is ap­pro­pri­ate and greatly needed for ref­er­ence es­pe­cially for the new gen­er­a­tion. — Datuk Se­bas­tian Ting, Pi­asau as­sem­bly­man

MIRI: Riam C – a team of four stu­dents from SMK Riam who re­searched and pre­sented their find­ings on “Tikar Bem­ban” – the cul­tural as­pects and its sta­tus has won this year’s Lo­cal Con­tent com­pe­ti­tion.

The re­sult of the three-month long com­pe­ti­tion or­gan­ised by Pus­taka Negeri Sarawak, Miri (Pus­taka Miri) in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Ed­u­ca­tion Depart­ment, was an­nounced on Thurs­day dur­ing the prize giv­ing cer­e­mony held at the au­di­to­rium of Pus­taka Miri. Riam C’s team mem­bers are Har­ris Ding De­nis, Emon­nuel Jeng, Steve Glendy George and Nigel Di­nis while their teacher-in­charge Gil­bert Lowrence won the Best Guid­ance Teacher’ award in the com­pe­ti­tion.

The cham­pion team with its pro­ject en­ti­tled “Tikar – Satu Enigma” re­ceived cash prize of RM3,000, a tro­phy and cer­tifi­cates while Gil­bert won RM500 cash.

The first run­ner-up and se­cond run­ner-up – ‘Ben­tara Kenyalang’ from SM Sains and ‘Sa­par Lan­git’ from SMK Pu­jut took home cash prize of RM2,000 and RM1,000 re­spec­tively. Seven con­so­la­tion win­ners re­ceived cash prize of RM300 each.

Upai Se­mar­ing from SMK Lawas won the ‘Best Pre­sen­ta­tion’ award with cash prize of RM500 for their pre­sen­ta­tion on Lun Bawang tra­di­tional mu­sic.

Pi­asau as­sem­bly­man Datuk Se­bas­tian Ting gave away the prizes to the win­ners.

Among those present were Pus­taka Negeri Sarawak deputy CEO (Ser­vices) Ar­pah Ade­nan and Pus­taka Miri’s re­gional man­ager Salina Zawawi who was Chief Judge for the com­pe­ti­tion.

Ting com­mended the or­gan­is­ers for their con­certed ef­forts in con­tin­u­ing the com­pe­ti­tion which en­tered its 10th an­niver­sary this year.

“Ini­tia­tive of Pus­taka and Un­i­mas to doc­u­ment and pro­duce out­come of re­searches from com­pe­ti­tions like this is ap­pro­pri­ate and greatly needed for ref­er­ence es­pe­cially for the new gen­er­a­tion,” he said.

He added stu­dents’ in­volve­ment in the com­pe­ti­tion was price­less as it could fur­ther en­hance their team work spirit and other pos­i­tive val­ues – mem­o­ries they will trea­sure for life.

Thus he urged more schools to take part in fu­ture com­pe­ti­tions.

Pus­taka Negeri Sarawak CEO Rashidah Bol­has­san in her text of speech read by Ar­pah said this year, twenty-eight teams from 14 se­condary schools in North­ern Sarawak took part in the com­pe­ti­tion.

“It was part of our ef­forts to doc­u­ment the lo­cal cul­tural her­itage through the Sarawakiana se­ries car­ried out to­gether with pro­fes­sional re­searchers and uni­ver­si­ties; this year, we col­lab­o­rated with the Ed­u­ca­tion Depart­ment in or­gan­is­ing the com­pe­ti­tion,” said Rashidah.

Among the com­pe­ti­tion’s main ob­jec­tive were to en­cour­age stu­dents to learn the proper tech­niques of find­ing and gath­er­ing in­for­ma­tion in or­der to cre­ate com­plete and com­pre­hen­sive pro­ject pa­per or re­port.

Par­tic­i­pants were ex­posed to printed and non-printed in­for­ma­tion re­sources by par­tic­i­pat­ing in the In­for­ma­tion Lit­er­acy Skills Pro­gramme. It as­sisted the par­tic­i­pants in re­search­ing on lo­cal con­tents such as his­tory, relics, indige­nous com­mu­ni­ties, so­cio-eco­nomics and other top­ics.

(From sixth left) Bukit Assek as­sem­bly­woman Irene Chang, Lanang mem­ber of Par­lia­ment Alice Lau, DAP Sarawak vice chair­man and Pelawan as­sem­bly­man David Wong and Sibu mem­ber of Par­lia­ment Os­car Ling jointly cut­ting the ‘Malaysia Day’ cake held at Irene’s res­i­dence Fri­day night. The pro­gramme was or­gan­ised by DAP Sibu in con­junc­tion with the cel­e­bra­tion of ‘Malaysia Day’.

(Stand­ing from sixth right) Ting, Ar­pah, Salina with the top three win­ners of the com­pe­ti­tion. Squat­ting on the right side is the cham­pion.

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