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Resident in step with dance festival


Overall champion - SMK Assyakirin

BINTULU Resident Ismail Mohd Hanis has praised the Bintulu office (cultural section) of the Social Development and Urbanisation Ministry for continuing to organise dance festivals for primary and seconddary schools in the division.

He said such events were very important in  promoting healthy life-styles, especially among the youths.

“Besides being a part of our culture, dancing is an art to be preserved and strengthened from time to time. Creativity and innovation can be fostered through this activity which is good for the young generation,” Ismail said recently at the opening of the Dance Festival for Primary and Secondary Schools in Bintulu Division.

He said since becoming Bintulu Resident last year, this was the first time he had witnessed ‘such a wonderful and amazing event’.

He was especially impressed by the enthusiasm shown by the young participants.

“I was really glad to have been part of this event. In terms of standard, it seemed like I was attending a state-level competition,” he added.

Ismail hoped the ministry would continue organising the event to further  improve standards and attract more youths.

He also hoped the community, especially parents, would encourage their children to take up a healthy activity such as dancing.

“The doors of the Resident’s Office are always open should you need any help from us,” said Ismail who was pleasantly surprised at the overwhelming public response to the festival at the civic centre.

Nine primary and seven secondary schools in the division took part.

Among those present were the Social Development and Urbanis-ation Ministry (Bintulu office) officer in-charge Jacqualine Richard Lee, principals, headmasters, headmistresses and community leaders.

The competition was divided into two categories — primary and se-condary schools. There was also one individual contemporary dance competition for senior dancers from Sri Budaya Bintulu troupe.

According to its choreographer and programme coordinator, Tuah Jili, this side contest was to give his senior dancers the opportunity to come up with their own ideas, creativity and innovation to make their dances more attractive.

He said this year, there was one clear change whereby the jury would give their comments after the participants had completed their routines.

This approach provided the participants with immediate feedback, enabling them to know  their strengths and weaknesses on the spot, he added.

“This is important for them to become better dancers,” Tuah said. Ismail and Jacqualine gave away the prizes.


Two schools to represent state in contest

WELL DONE: Fatimah (second left) presents the champion trophy to SJK Chung Hua Miri representative as Abd Muin looks on.
WELL DONE: Fatimah (second left) presents the champion trophy to SJK Chung Hua Miri representative as Abd Muin looks on.

BINTULU: SJK Chung Hua Miri and SMK St Methodist Sibu emerged champions in the state-level Primary and Secondary School Choir Competition respectively held at the civic centre here recently.

Both schools will represent the state at the national-level competition to be held in Johor on June 18.

SJK Chung Hua had chosen ‘Berjaya’ and ‘Mozart’ for the competition while SMK St Methodist sang ‘Tanah Pusaka’ and ‘Phantom of the Opera’.

The second and third places in the primary school category went to SJK Chung Sing Sibu and SJK hock Lam Kapit respectively.

In the secondary school category, SMK Chung Hua Miri and and SMK Bintulu took second and third places respectively.

A total of 16 contingents from seven secondary and nine primary schools took part in the competition.

The best conductor in the primary school category was Christine Tiang Soon Ai from SJK Chung Sing while Karen Yong Kai Yuan from SMK Chung Hua Miri was best conductor in the secondary school category.

Among the primary schools participating are SK St Mary Kuching, SJK Chung Hua Miri, SJK Chung Sing Sibu, SK Ng Ngelas Sarikei, SJK Hock Lam Kapit, Sk Muara Tuang Samarahan, SK Kidurong2 Bintulu, SK Abang Aing Sri Aman and SK St Patrick Mukah.

Participating secondary schools are SMK St Teresa Kuching, SMK Chung Hua Miri, SMK St Methodist Sibu, SMK Saratok Betong, SMK Tung Hua Sarikei, SMK Wira Penrissen Samarahan and SMK Bintulu.

Bintulu Education Officer Fatimah Matair handed over the prizes.

Also present was Bintulu assistant education officer Abdul Muin Abd Kassim. 

Organise activities in partnership with others: Resident

OVER TO YOU: Razali (third left) presents a certificate to Azizi Nawawi, the representative of the participants as others look on.

OVER TO YOU: Razali (third left) presents a certificate to Azizi Nawawi, the representative of the participants as others look on.

BINTULU: Artistes and related organisations here were yesterday urged to work out a collaboration and partnership with other quarters if they want to organise events or activities successfully.

Bintulu Resident Dr Razali Abon said such partnership would enable them to use their financial and physical resources prudently while maximising the allocation they had for more activities.

He said this when officiating at the closing of ‘Rakan Muda Seni Budaya (Pemantapan Diri-Tari)’ workshop jointly organised by Bintulu Sports and Youth Office and Bintulu Social Development and Urbanisation Ministry (KPSU) office here.

Twenty-six Rakan Muda members took part in the three-day workshop which was conducted by Tuah Jili.

According to Razali, a good example or resourcefulness, creativity and innovativeness could be seen from the way the Resident’s Office managed to organise 142 activities throughout last year with limited or even zero budget or allocation.

“We managed to hold various activities because of our joint efforts with other agencies and organisations,” he said, adding that inter-agency networking hi-tea was an example of a programme with zero cost because it was held in partnership with other agencies.

He also welcomed any effort from individuals or organisations to expand the popularity of arts performance here.