KUANTAN: The recent inter-school choral speaking competition saw SM Sultan Abu Bakar and SK Semambu winning in the secondary and primary school categories, respectively.
The competition was organised by the Balok River Adoption Programme (BRAP) comprising seven chemical companies operating in Gebeng.
The seven firms are BASF Petronas Chemicals Sdn Bhd, Eastman Chemical Company, W.R. Grace Speciality Chemicals Sdn Bhd, Kaneka (M) Sdn Bhd, Petronas Chemicals MTBE Sdn Bhd, Polyplastics Asia Pacific Sdn Bhd and RP Chemicals (M) Sdn Bhd.
BRAP was officially launched in Aug 2007 with the objectives to improve community awareness and perception toward chemical industries in the Gebeng industrial estate.
Since its inception, various community-related activities were held such as raft race, Balok river clean up, educational talks and exhibitions, fish release and mangrove tree planting initiatives.
BRAP chairperson Ahmad Kamal Mansor said the choral competition was aimed at creating awareness among students on the importance of conserving water and maintaining a clean river eco-system.
“In addition, it is our hope that this competition will help students to build self-confidence to speak, memorise and express themselves in English.
“Judging from the quality of the performances, I believe it has met our objectives,” he said.
A member of the judges Jehan Abu Bakar of the Malaysian Nature Society said they had a difficult time to select the winners as all the teams put in a lot of efforts, research, time and practice to put up splendid performances.
Other winners in the primary category were SK Balok (second) and SK Tunku Azizah (third) while in the secondary category SM Sultanah Hajjah Kalsom was secondand SM Pelabuhan third.
The best conductors were Nur Alia Balqis Mohd Nazrul Izad of SK Semambu and Christine Mae-Lyn Goldie of SM Sultan Abu Bakar.