Keningau Vocational College does Malaysia proud in Japan


KOTA KINABALU: The Keningau Vocational College (KVK) did Malaysia proud by winning a gold medal in an international competition with their invention called ShapeSweetie.

The college competed in the Innovation, Design, Idea and Invention Contest of the Japan Design, Idea and Invention Expo (JDIE) 2019 from June 15 to 17.

The ShapeSweetie by KVK’s baking programme is a collection of stamps-cum-moulds to help novice bakers master the basics – specifically creating shapes from fondant and marzipan – and become confident cake decorators.

The team was made up of KVK teachers Anita Md Yasin, Siti Lailah Jaibin and Rowdella Raymond Raimi; as well as students Syaza Syazwana Mohd Khastalani and Grace Elisa Quintin.

KVK Innovation and Research Unit head Sirhajwan Idek said the contraption was developed to help solve an issue faced by many in the programme, especially beginners.

He said ShapeSweetie which won bronze in a contest in Bali, Indonesia last year, was improved upon for the competition in Japan.

He added that the motivation for the invention came from KVK director Johari Sabin, who constantly emphasised innovation and research among teachers and students to build up skills, creativity and competitiveness.

With the win in Tokyo, KVK has all together now picked up 12 medals for innovation – including seven gold – and several research accolades from Japan, South Korea, Italy, Indonesia, Thailand, Brunei and Singapore. — Bernama

Keningau Vocational College