IT was a worthwhile trip for Suhaimi Ahmad who took a four-hour drive up to Penang from Selangor to take part in a P. Ramlee singing contest.
He ultimately won the contest after beating 23 other participants.
His rendition of Aduhai Sayang coupled with dance moves similar to that of the iconic singer convinced the judges to pick him as the winner.
“I am very passionate about P. Ramlee and his songs which are really wonderful. My father also used to sing back-up for him back in the old days.
“In 2010 and 2012, I was a finalist for the P. Ramlee singing contest organised by RTM,” he said after his win on Sunday.
Suhaimi, who won RM500, said money was not the motivation for joining such a contest; he did it out of interest.
“I drove here with a few friends and we will be heading back the same day,” he added.
Five women took part in the contest including third-place winner Rosliza Sab Omo, 43, who sang Jeritan Batin Ku.
“I usually only sing at karaokes with my family and I hardly sing in public.
“I used to perform a lot when I was younger but after a while, I found it difficult to continue due to work,” said the hotel employee who took home RM200.
The contest was organised by the P. Ramlee Penang Fan Club and National Department for Culture and Arts Penang (JKKN) and held in Jalan Rawang Off Jalan P. Ramlee, Penang.
The event was organised in conjunction with Bazar Seni 2015.
Club president Tan Sri Mohd Yussof Latiff said it was important to preserve the legacy of the legendary singer.
“We will be organising such a contest in Kuala Lumpur soon and also seminars to discuss the music legend and the preservation of his music.”
Organising committee chairman Jibran Khalil Sindamadar said this year’s partici-pants were quite good and he hoped to see more people participating in the contest next year.