This year’s Christmas tree decoration contest in Sibu saw 12 entries.
The 12 trees – from secondary schools, colleges and churches – are on display at the town square until the countdown party on Dec 31.
On the last night, the winners will be announced and the prizes presented to them at the same time.
The contest, introduced by Sibu Municipal Council (SMC) in 2010, has been the star attraction every Christmas season.
Organising chairman for this year’s contest, councillor Anna Lau, together with Sarawak Chinese Annual Conference president Reverend Dr Tie King Tai performed the lighting up of the trees.
The first round of judging proceeded after the ceremony while the second and final round of judging will take place on Dec 30.
Speaking to reporters, Lau said there was no specific theme for this year’s contest.
“We allow the participants to choose their own theme for their entry, ” she added.
She said despite the short notice, the 12 participants managed to get their entry ready in one week’s time, just before the lighting-up ceremony.
“Judging is based on the decoration, the durability and stability of the tree, ” she said, adding that some of the trees were decorated with recycled materials, which the council welcomed.
University College of Technology Sarawak (UCTS) lecturer Mohd Yusrizal said his university was
taking part in the contest to expose its students to the community project.
“By getting the students involved in this contest, we are also teaching them the importance of having patience when doing a project.
“We also want them to be able to work in a team and meet a deadline, ” said Yusrizal, who is a lecturer of the Architectural programme.
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