Undergrad RM2,000 richer from two-hour inspirational essay


  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 29 Sep 2004

KUALA LUMPUR: A mere couple of hours – that was how long it took university student William Lim Jit Hoong to write an essay that made him RM2,000 richer. 

With that short burst of inspiration, he won the third prize in the 2004 Asian Strategy & Leadership Institute (ASLI) Essay Competition, earning him RM2,000 worth of unit trusts sponsored by Standard Chartered Bank (M) Bhd. 

His prize-winning effort is a story of a virtual interview between a talk-show host and a successful mamak stall operator in 2015. 

HAPPY TRIO: (From left) Lim , Izaham, and Chong Chin Foong having a closer look at their certificates after the prize-giving ceremony at Carcosa Seri Negara yesterday.

A final-year software engineering student at Multimedia University, Lim painted a possible picture of the future, where people are well connected but lack many basic skills, resulting in them being anti-social. 

“In my essay, the mamak stall operator explains to the host how he actually applies the knowledge he has gained from the Internet to help him in his business instead of just collecting the information without using it,” he said after receiving his prize from the Raja Muda of Perak Raja Nazrin Shah at Carcosa Seri Negara yesterday. 

The competition, which was open to undergraduates at local public and private universities, required participants to write a 2,000-word essay based on the theme Towards a Malaysia of Excellence: Championing the K-Society through Smart Citizenship. 

Lim, who enjoys computer games in his free time, was the youngest of the three winners in the competition, held for the first time this year. 

The first and second prizes of RM5,000 and RM3,000 in unit trust went to fathers Izaham Musa Lope Sapien and Chong Chin Foong respectively. 

Izaham, 44, a public relations undergraduate in Universiti Teknologi Mara. and Chong, 45, who is studying TESL at Open University Malaysia, also highlighted the hurdles faced in establishing a K-society. 

A father of four, Izaham wrote about the need for common values shared by all Malaysians before a K-society could be attained. 

Chong, a teacher and father of two, wrote that while it was possible to achieve a K-society, sustaining it would be the real challenge.  

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