The 17-year-old from Hin Hua High School received the tuition fee waiver worth RM10,000 to study at UCSI University together with RM1,000 in cash, a trophy and a certificate.
“This competition is a wonderful way to allow students to express their thoughts on a better Malaysia,” he said.
Besides Kuan, who won the first prize, 24 other secondary school students were selected as winners in second, third, fourth and fifth places as well as merit categories.
The top five winners received UCSI’s tuition fee waivers of between RM3,000 and RM10,000, cash prizes from RM300 to RM1,000, trophies, and certificates.
Twenty merit winners each received an MPH book voucher and a dictionary from Cambridge University Press.
Other winners included Tiang Yu En from SMK Chung Hua, Miri, and Stephanie Tee Kay Anne from Sri Kuala Lumpur School
“I am grateful that my piece on achieving peace and harmony has been acknowledged. “I hope that UCSI and other universities can organise more events like this in the future,” said third prize winner, Tan Yi Xuan, who is Kuan’s schoolmate.
UCSI University’ vice-chancellor and president Academician Senior Prof Datuk Dr Khalid Yusoff, in his opening remarks, said the initiative was supported by Public Bank as the main sponsor with five co-sponsors namely Royal Selangor, MPH Bookstores, Khind Starfish Foundation, Cambridge University Press and Le Quadri Hotel.
“The National English Language Essay Competition is the university’s way of inculcating the expression of love for a harmonious Malaysia among the younger generation.
“They deserve to have their voice heard. After all, this country is going to be theirs, and this future needs to be shaped from now,” he said.
Public Bank managing director Tan Sri Tay Ah Lek said his team was gratified to be part of the endeavour to encourage youths to shape the future of the country.
Public Bank, which had previously contributed RM20,000 for the competition, said Tay, had consistently funded various literary awards.
The competition was held in conjunction with the National Day and Malaysia Day celebrations with the aim of encouraging students to reflect and write on the role of youth in nation building.
This UCSI University-Public Bank National English Language Essay Competition was open to students sitting for the SPM, STPM, O-Level, A-Level and UEC examinations. The topic of the competition was “The Role of Youth in Creating a Peaceful and Harmonious Malaysia”.
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