Submit your stories to win

Calling for entries: Anwar (third from right) launching the competition.

THE Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (Teco) in Malaysia and the Han Culture Centre Malaysia (Han) are jointly organising the “Malaysian and Taiwanese Folklores and Legends of Aboriginal Peoples Illustration Books Project” in conjunction with the 2020 Kuala Lumpur World Book Capital (KLWBC) and National Reading Decade.

This is a continuation of the successful “Ba-Ku Bersama” (reading books together) Mobile Library Project last year.

The “Malaysian Folklores Writing Competition” was also launched as part of the project officiated by KLWBC 2020 secretariat head Anwar Mohd Zain, and witnessed by TECO cultural division director Chen Kuan-fu recently.

Han president Datuk Goh Hin San said the objective of the competition is to enrich writings revolving around Malaysian culture and and tales of the local aboriginals.

This, he said, would foster closer interactions between the various communities, in building a better national environment.

“We hope to encourage youths to appreciate their nationality through writing, ” he said in a press release.

Malaysian students aged 10 to 18 years old are welcomed to submit their stories themed ‘Malaysian folklores’ before March 1.

Students can either participate in the school or individual category. Submissions can be in Bahasa Malaysia, Mandarin or English.

The 10 best stories will be awarded cash prizes of RM1,000 each and a certificate.

The selected stories will be among the 10 from Malaysia and Taiwan to be published in the “Taiwan and Malaysia Local Cultures Illustration Book”.

The book will be in Bahasa Malaysia and Mandarin.

A collaboration with the Department of Orang Asli Development (Jakoa) to collect stories of the Malaysian aboriginal people and publish them digitally and in print, are also underway.

For details about the “Malaysian Folklores Writing Competition”, visit the “Ba-Ku Bersama” Facebook Page or call Lee Hao Jie (017-3330226).

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