Game on: Tan (right) enquiring about the contest at The Star's Win With Words roadshow at Tropicana City Mall, Petaling Jaya.
PETALING JAYA: While many contests merely ask for more “Likes” on Facebook or to complete slogans, The Star’s Win with Words is one challenge Malaysians relish.
“It tests your skills with words, unlike other contests where you win by luck,” said insurance agent Tan Bee Jin, 55.
The word game, organised in conjunction with this year’s Merdeka celebrations, runs for eight weeks – over four series of two weeks each. It began June 23.
Readers can join the contest by forming words through the collection of letters published on Page 1 of The Star each day.
Winners stand to clinch more than RM400,000 worth of prizes, including two Peugeot cars.
There’s no limit to the number of entries. And the more forms sent in a single submission, the higher the points accumulated.
Tan said she would cut out the letters every morning before anyone else in her home gets to the paper.
“I want to make sure that the letters are not damaged,” said Tan with a laugh.
In George Town, IT officer Catherine Lim, 51, said she was not just motivated by the attractive prizes, but the fun in piecing together the words. “I like word games.”
Susan Tang, 59, a subscriber to The Star Bundle, which is a one-year package that consists of The Star newspaper and ePaper plus eflavours, said she remembered her sister Chris, 45, painstakingly cutting out every coupon collected from their neighbours for the paper’s Bid & Win promotion last year.
Susan was at one of the roadshows held last weekend to promote the word game.
In Ipoh, retiree A.C. Foong hoped to win cash prizes so that he could take his wife for a holiday.
“I have all the time on my hands, and this contest will keep me active,” said the 70-year-old former technician with Malaysia Airlines.
Veterinary surgeon Dr Gilbert P’ng, 42, is eager to win a Peugeot car.
“I’ll get my wife and our three kids to help me with the words,” said Dr P’ng, who renewed his bundle subscription at the Giant Bercham roadshow.
In Malacca, supervisor G. Clement Paul, 26, was thrilled to earn extra points with his subscription.
Too Sau Chan, 52, renewed her subscription at the Dataran Pahlawan Megamall roadshow.
“I am aiming for the RM10,000 cash prizes,” she said.
The Star’s Win with Words promotion, which is aimed at rewarding loyal readers, is partnered by Hong Leong Bank and Naza Group of Companies’ subsidiary Nasim Sdn Bhd.
Roadshows for the first series of the contest (June 23 to July 6) continue this Friday to Saturday at AEON Big in Klang, Tesco in Gelugor and AEON Big in Seberang Jaya, Penang and Seremban Prima.
New subscribers who sign up for The Star Bundle at the roadshows will get 100 extra points for the contest, which runs till Aug 17.
For details, visit thestar.com.my/winwithwords or call 1300 30 4883.