Early Raya cheer for teacher in first bid at contest


  • Nation
  • Sunday, 08 Oct 2006

PETALING JAYA: With Hari Raya drawing nearer, Hamimah Harun will have extra cash for shopping. 

The 48-year-old teacher won RM2,333.33 as one of the 15 winners in The Star Power of 9 “Rank & Win” 2006 contest. 

The winners shared a cash prize of RM35,000. 

Hamimah, a mother of four, said she enjoyed reading everything in the main paper of The Star, and is particularly keen on stories on politics and human interests. 

“Recently, I look out for Ramadan stories and check out the fashion and Hari Raya deco in Star Two,” she said, adding that she did not expect to win on her first attempt at the contest. 

Housewife Lim Anny, 45, from Subang Jaya, thanked her husband, Lim Kuang Yong, 53, for helping her rank the sections of the paper according to their favourite choices. 

“This is good news for my son, who just sat for his PMR exams. We can go out and celebrate the winning at the end of his PMR,” said Lim, also a first-time contest winner. 

Chin Chau Choong, 25, who loves the In.Tech section of The Star, is also surprised with his win. 

EXTRA MONEY FOR RAYA: Hamimah sharing the good news with daughter Fatimah Nuraini and husband Mohd Fadzuil Abd Kadir.

”I remember sending only one entry and I did not expect to win,” said the information technology support executive. 

“I also like reading Metro, Star Biz, Property and Clove,” he said, adding that he would save the cash prize that he won. 

Housewife Chin Yoke Yin@Rita Chin, 55, from Klang, said she submitted between seven to 10 entries. 

She said she loved reading about squash, particularly on news about Nicol David, as she had once stayed in Penang. 

“I like Star Two as well because of the recipes and sudoku and I enjoy reading the letters to editor in the main paper,” said the mother of two. 

Security personnel John Mathai is glad he made a last-minute decision to fill up the forms during The Star Property & Home Fair two weeks ago in Penang. 

“I did not know I could hit the jackpot by submitting just one entry. I ranked everything based on my preference,” he said. 

HELLO HAPPINESS: Mathai calling a family member outside the Bukit Jambul Complex in Penang.

“I can't believe I won. I have never won anything in my life. I wish I can get the money today,” he said yesterday while shopping at the Bukit Jambul Complex. 

The other winners were Tham Yau Yan, Cheong Wee Fong, Loy Sok Lim, Kwee See Keng, Yip Poh Shin, Chow Teck Siang, Chia Kock Kong, Chia Gek Lam, Wong Lee Yen, and Woo Weng Hong. They are all from the Klang Valley. 

The Power of 9 contest began on Sept 11 and will run for nine weeks until Nov 12.  

It is held in conjunction with The Star’s 35th anniversary. 

During each of the nine weeks, there will be a main cash prize of RM35,000 and nine special prizes of RM1,999.  

The contest requires readers to rank their nine favourite sections, columns or pages in The Star each week.  

Contest advertisements are published daily in The Star.  

Contestants whose entries match the overall popular vote will win or share the main cash prize.  

For details of the contest or bulk purchase, call the Circulation Customer Care Unit at 03-79671777 (Petaling Jaya) or 04-6473399 (Penang) during office hours.  

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