Building youthful ideals for Malaysia

(From left) Public Bank Public Affairs senior general manager Datuk Razak Dali, UCSI Centre for Languages English teacher Daria Morozova, Prof Khalid, Tay and Soo during the check presentation for the competition.

PUBLIC Bank and UCSI University will co-organise the inaugural National English Essay Writing Competition for secondary school students.

The competition is held in conjunction with the 62nd Merdeka Day celebrations to encourage students to reflect and write on the role of youth in nation building. It is also a platform for students to articulate their ideas and ideals on how a nation should move forward.

As the main sponsor of the competition, Public Bank managing director Tan Sri Tay Ah Lek presented the bank’s contribution of RM20,000 to UCSI University’s vice-chancellor and president academician senior professor Datuk Dr Khalid Yusoff at Menara Public Bank in Kuala Lumpur.

From providing scholarships to sponsoring various literary awards since the early years of the bank’s formation, Public Bank has been active in corporate social responsibility (CSR) projects that are beneficial to Malaysians in various areas, notably in the education sector.

Tay said, “We are happy to be a part of this noble endeavour to encourage youths, who will be our future leaders, to put their thoughts in writing as it can help improve the imagination as well as enhance clarity of thought.”

Tay said the initiative would promote the use of English as it is the common language of business used worldwide. “We believe this competition would also support the government’s call to improve language proficiency among students,” he added.

Prof Khalid concurred, saying, “This competition aims to inculcate the love for writing in English and to encourage young people to take a keen interest in community and national affairs while reflecting and writing about them on a national platform.

“Public Bank’s action to collaborate with UCSI University is laudable as it will definitely enhance the importance of English among youths.

“This will enhance our competitiveness in the long run which will benefit our country.”

The UCSI University-Public Bank National English Language Essay Competition is open to students sitting for SPM, STPM, O-Level, A-Level and UEC examinations. The topic of this year’s competition is “The Role of Youth in Creating a Peaceful and Harmonious Malaysia”.

UCSI’s Centre for Languages (CFL) director Margaret Soo said five winners would be selected and they will receive cash prizes of up to RM1,000, a trophy and UCSI University tuition fee waivers of up to RM10,000.

Soo said the competition had received strong support from the Education Ministry and other sponsors, including Royal Selangor, Khind Starfish Foundation, MPH Bookstores, Le Quadri Hotel, Kuala Lumpur and Cambridge University Press.

Closing date for entries is Aug 30 and the presentation of awards will be held on Sept 24.

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