Malaysians win big at Thai expo


One for the album: Asing (centre) posing with the students in a group shot.

KOTA KINABALU: Insomnia may no longer be something you lose sleep over.

A group of students from a se­­condary school in Penampang here have come up with an award winning invention to solve the problem.

Not only that but five other teams from the St Michael’s Secondary School also won prizes at a recent international festival for their useful devices.

Three students – Renoir Fayeed Rehman, Fontaine Mattheus Hiew and Alif Afandi Marzuki – invented the Bonne Nuit Mask to help people with insomnia.

Their creation beat over a thousand inventions worldwide and was awarded the gold medal in the annual Bangkok International Intellectual Property, Invention, Innovation and Technology Exposition (Ipitex) held from Feb 2-6.

The school’s principal Jennifer Asing said the students and their teachers started work on the mask in October last year.

The mask has pockets to keep scented or aromatic cotton balls for therapeutic purposes while a poc­ket to insert the cool fever patches in cases of fever is also available.

There are also two electrode massa­ger attached to it with manageable wiring systems.

Proud moment: (From left) Renoir, Fontaine and Alif’s mask has pockets to keep scented or aromatic cotton balls for therapeutic purposes while a pocket to insert the cool fever patches in cases of fever is also available.
Proud moment: (From left) Renoir, Fontaine and Alif’s mask has pockets to keep scented or aromatic cotton balls for therapeutic purposes while a pocket to insert the cool fever patches in cases of fever is also available.

“Realising the stress faced by people nowadays, these students decided to come up with something that can help.

“It may look like a simple thing, but it is actually quite complicated to produce,” Asing said.

The school also received a special award and bronze medal for an invention called Fanatical Warlock or MB Zap, an automated device that dispenses cleaning agents called mud balls whenever the pH value of drain waters increases, indicating that the water is contami­nated.

Another team from the school won the silver medal for its invention, B-Tileanna tiles, which are made of organic waste such as egg shells, sago and saga seeds.

The invention helps reduce waste and pollution.

Herb Aid, an invention which aims to be an alternative to band aids made to suit skin with allergies, also won the school a silver medal.

Meanwhile, the Mag. O Sponge which makes dishwashing much easier due to its unique oil ab­­sorbing qualities won a bronze medal.

The school received another bronze medal for Absorberistic, an eco-friendly product made from natural ingredients that helps reduce noise pollution.

Asing said the school’s many wins at Ipitex showed that creativity and hard work could produce amazing results.

“I am very proud of my students’ achievement, they proved to us that anyone can do anything and succeed as long as they try hard and never give up,” she said.


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