Malaysians raise the bar on creativity


  • Nation
  • Friday, 06 Oct 2017

Proud smiles: Goh (in deep blue), Yoong (on Goh’s left, in black spectacles) and Marriott International marketing communications manager Edeline Berg (back row, in white) posing with winners of the Raise the Flag contest at Menara Star, Petaling Jaya.

PETALING JAYA: A heart-shaped Malaysian-flag revealed by an un­­buttoned blouse, Superman-style, and a reenactment of the Tugu Negara; these were some of the entries that won the main prizes in Star Media Group’s Raise the Flag contest.

Happy winners thronged Star Gallery at Menara Star here yesterday to receive their prizes from Marriott International (South-East Asia and Malaysia marketing team) digital marketing director Cindy Yoong and Star Media Group editor-in-chief Datuk Leanne Goh.

Salynna Kum Pui Xin, 21, said she procrastinated after reading about the contest because none of her initial ideas was brilliant.

“One night, this Superman image just came to me,” said the marketing student.

Kum won a two-night stay at the luxurious The Andaman Langkawi worth RM4,330.

Student Tan Li Lian, 24, turned up to collect two prizes for her cousin and aunt.

“Over three weekends, we coloured and cut out the hand-drawn templates,” said Tan, who added that the winning photos were taken when nearly 30 members gathered for a farewell dinner for her brother and cousin who were headed for overseas study.

Their winning entries were a reenactment of the Tugu Negara, a crowd-stealer with the judges, and a nearly 30-member family shot of everyone “wearing” the T-shirt templates and raising the flag. The family won a stay at The Westin Kuala Lumpur worth RM1,336 and an Imperial Dim Sum Brunch for two at Celestial Court, Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur.

For teacher Noraini Mohd Abu Bakar, 35, roping in her four sons to be in the photo was not only easy, but a fun experience for all.

“It was a family activity which my boys enjoyed,” she said.

Noraini won a Weekend Simply Dim Sum Buffet for two at the Five Senses restaurant at The Westin Kuala Lumpur.

The photo contest was part of Star Media Group’s Raise the Flag initiative which ran from July 20 to Malaysia Day on Sept 16.

Goh thanked contest sponsors Mariott International for their strong support, together with Pizza Hut and Original Kayu Nasi Kandar who came in with prizes for the group category.

“We enjoyed reading the love notes to our country as much as admiring the gorgeous designs on the templates,” she said.

Other prizes handed out included dining vouchers from The Westin Kuala Lumpur, Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur, Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral, Element Kuala Lumpur, Le Méridien Kuala Lumpur, Le Méri­dien Putrajaya, and Four Points by Sheraton Puchong.

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