DONNING colourful traditional costumes, 35 pupils aged between six and 10 were quietly engrossed with colouring their Merdeka-themed drawings.
Armed with colour pencils and crayons, the pupils took about an hour to beautify the drawings in the colouring contest held to mark the 63rd National Day.
The children also participated in a National Day-related quiz and sang some patriotic songs.
Malaysia Hindu Dharma Mamandram Penang branch chairman Thanabalan Nanda Kumar, 36, said the colouring contest was aimed at instilling patriotism among the pupils.
“We have been organising colouring competitions in schools for the past eight years.
“However, due to the pandemic, we have to carry out the contest outside school.
“The contestants will get a goodie bag and certificate of participation each.
“We have six winners for each category and they will get a trophy each. As for the top three winners, they will walk away with book vouchers as well.
“It took us around three weeks to prepare for the contest as we have to follow strict safety rules,” he said at the Caring Society Complex in Penang on Saturday.
Ayer Itam assemblyman Joseph Ng, who was present at the event, expressed his appreciation to all non-governmental organisations that organised events to further instil patriotism in the people.
“My office provided financial assistance and door gifts to support the event,” he said.
Ng urged those who lost their incomes during the movement
control order period to visit his Facebook page for job opportunities.“They can join the Career Opportunities Programme via my Facebook page.
“We will help find suitable jobs that match their qualification and experience,” he said.
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