PETALING JAYA: Winners of the first series of Win With Words 2016 turned out to be a multiracial bunch, highlighting how English is a commonly used language by everybody.
“A lot of people perceive that the English language is mostly used by certain ethnic groups but as you can see from the winners, all the major ethnic groups were well represented,” said IJM Land Bhd managing director Edward Chong.
“I think this is definitely very encouraging for the country as a whole,” he said at the Pantai Sentral Park Series prize presentation ceremony at Menara Star yesterday.
Present was Naza Kia head of marketing Mohd Irhash Zamani.
Star Media Group chief operating officer Calvin Kan agreed, saying that the winners of this year’s edition saw a list of winners from different age and background.
“We have winners from Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Perak, Penang and Sarawak, ranging in age from 20 to 78,” said Kan.
“This is exactly what The Star aims to achieve with contests like Win With Words – to engage our readers from across the nation in meaningful and exciting ways,” he said.
First prize winner Yap Zee Chieun, 40, who took home RM10,000, said he would use the prize money to hold a gathering for his family and friends who helped him submit his forms.
“Everywhere I went, I would look for and collect a copy of The Star. Every morning I would buy a stack at the nearby newspaper vendor,” said the IT technician.
Ganagandran A. K. Pillai, who works as a clerk in a law firm, was all smiles over his second place win which earned him RM6,000.
He credited his family for the happy outcome.
“Together with my wife and children, we spent a few hours a day, cutting and pasting,” said Ganagandran, 57.
Quantity surveying student at Taylor’s University Yeo Kai Wen, 20, was confident of winning one of the top prizes after submitting numerous entries.
“I went to the houses of my neighbours and friends to collect copies of The Star,” said Yeo.
She was right. She won RM3,000.
Retiree Puteh Aminah Mohamed Tajul Aros, 65, who has never missed a Win With Words contest since it started two years ago, proved her grasp of the English language when she emerged as one of the Star Anniversary Bonus Prize winners with RM500.
“I am happy with this prize money and will use it for a holiday, but I am going to try harder in the next few series as I want to win the car,” she said.
Win With Words 2016 is organised by Star Media Group in conjunction with its 45th anniversary celebration, with IJM Land Bhd and official car partner Naza Kia.
The first prize winner of each series and six lucky participants from across all the series will then take part in the Grand Finale Challenge on Nov 29 at the venue partner 1Utama Shopping Centre.
Prizes worth more than RM480,000, including two cars, are up for grabs.