By DHARMENDER SINGHdharam@thestar.com.my
THE Subang Jaya Children’s Art Competition is back and this year, offers the chance of some entries joining an international children's art competition in Japan.
This is the 11th year that the competition, which had 370 participants last year, will be held and the organisers are confident that the turnout will be even bigger this time around.
Starting off as a small event organised to bring the Subang Jaya community together, the event, organised by the USJ 2 and USJ 6 Rukun Tetangga, promises a carnival-like atmosphere on July 2.
USJ 2 and USJ 6 Rukun Tetangga representative Abdul Rahim Sharif said he expected a larger turnout this year as the number of categories had been increased to six, with the inclusion of the drawing competition for those aged from 13-15 years and a special category for students from Japanese schools.
The categories are Group A (colouring contest) for children aged between five and six, Group B (drawing competition) for those aged 7-9, Group C (drawing competition) for those aged 10-12, Group D (drawing competition) for those aged 13-15, Group E for special children and Group F for students of Japanese schools here in the Klang Valley.
“But the main attraction will be for the participants to get the chance to have their works taken to Japan for the competition that is being organised by Pentel (M) Sdn Bhd, who are co-sponsors,'' said Abdul Rahim.
He said last year, some of the works were sent to Japan and won two gold, four silver and five bronze medals while another five won consolation prizes.
Abdul Rahim said the main aim for the event was to bring together children of all ages, race and religions and provide a platform for them to show off their skills.
“It will provide people, especially the parents, from most parts of the Klang Valley a chance to come together and mingle,'' he said, adding that promoting integration was one of the roles of the Rukun Tetangga.
He was speaking during a press conference held to announce the competition.
Also present were Subang Jaya assemblyman Datuk Lee Hwa Beng, organising committee chairman Ang How Chuan and representatives of the co-sponsors of the event Meda Inc Bhd chief executive officer Ong Bok Siong, Pentel managing director Toshinaga Takashi and Nestle Products Sdn Bhd events manager Yang Kalsom Omar.
Lee, who later handed a mock cheque for RM5,000 for the event, said he was happy to see residents' organisations coming forward to organise large scale events like the art competition.
He said events like the art competition provided a good chance for people to spend a day with their families and meet other residents.
For details contact Ang How Chuan 017-672 9896 or Abdul Rahim at 013-333 1985.