Practice makes perfect for calligraphy veteran

Beautiful strokes: (From left) Wei Fong, Qian Yu and Saw showing their winning pieces for the Mooncake Festival Chinese Calligraphy Competition.

SUB-CONTRACTOR Saw Teck Soon, 60, has been practising his calligraphy for several decades so it was no surprise when he won the top prize in the open category of the Mooncake Festival Chinese Calligraphy Competition organised by Bukit Bendera MCA in Air Itam, Penang.

“I have had an interest in calligraphy since my schooldays.

“I practise for about 90 minutes four times a week to improve my skill,” he said after being presented with a RM120 cash prize at the Bukit Bendera MCA division in Lorong Sempadan 2 recently.

Ho Qian Yu, 12, from SJK(C) Shang Wu won in the primary school category and Lim Wei Fong, 17, from Chung Ling High School, was the winner of the secondary school category.

Qian Yu, who won RM80, said she took up calligraphy about five years ago.

Wei Fong said emotions played an important role in calligraphy, as he found he could not write if he was feeling down.

“I used to be quite bad at it when I first started in Year Four but I got better,” he said after he was presented with RM100.

Bukit Bendera MCA division chairman Tang Heap Seng said the competition attracted 34 participants in three categories.

“It’s the Mid-Autumn Festival and we wanted to promote Chinese culture and traditions,” he said.

“The calligraphy initiative is to ensure its continuity as the art is said to be dwindling outside China.

“We wanted to do our part in pushing for the widespread use of Chinese art.”

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