Borneo Talent Award now opened to foreigners

Calling for entries: Wong (third from left) and organisers showing posters and fishtails o f the BTA.

Calling for entries: Wong (third from left) and organisers showing posters and fishtails o f the BTA.

SIBU: Sibu Municipal Council (SMC) has made several changes to this year’s Borneo Talent Award (BTA), among them is that non-Malaysians can now take part.

Organising chairperson councillor Wong Hie Ping told at a press conference yesterday that foreigners could take part by going through the audition first, similar to local participants before they could qualify for the grand finale.

The other changes is that a contestant could now take part as an individual and also as a member in a group.

To make it easier for outstation contestants, she said, there would also be an audition in Kuching on Oct 3 and Miri on Oct 16.

Previously the audition was only done in Sibu. The audition in Sibu would be on Nov 13, while the semi-final on Oct 29 and the final on Nov 30 would now be at the town square instead of the Civic Centre.

“With the semi-final and final at the town square now, more people will be able to come to witness. For participants from Kuching or Miri who could not make it at their respective dates for the audition, they can also have it in Sibu,” she said.

The organiser, she said, would this time around accept on the spot registration during the audition dates.

The three categories at the audition included dancing, singing and others of magic show, pantomine, acrobatic, mimic show and the display of one’s musical instrument skill.

The award, which is into its fourth year, carries attractive prizes of RM5,000 plus trophy for the Talent of the Year, RM1,000 plus trophy for The Most Popular Talent Award, and RM1,0000 plus trophy for The Most Entertaining Talent Award.

There are also seven prizes of RM500 plus trophy for the Special Talent Award.

The council is also adding in another contest in the “I’ve got Talent” award.

Council secretary Hii Chang Kee said any gifted talent could take part. All they need to do is to submit their entry and the council will do a short video shoot of them performing their talent.

The Best Talent Award carries a prize money of RM1,000. Besides that there are also the Most Popular Talent Award of RM1,000 prize money while seven shortlisted talents will receive RM300 each.

Entry forms, she said, could be downloaded at or Borneo Talent Awards’ Facebook page.