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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.


Jimmy, Abygail crowned Everly Keling and Kumang Gawai.

SWEET MOMENT: James and Abygail (seated) with (from left) Thurston, Buchin, Angelina, Wendy and Louisa.

SWEET MOMENT: James and Abygail (seated) with (from left) Thurston, Buchin, Angelina, Wendy and Louisa.


BINTULU: Jimmy James and Abygail Hailey Tay were crowned Keling and Kumang of ‘Everly Keling and Kumang Gawai 2009’ competition held at the Millennium Ballroom of ParkCity Everly Hotel recently.

Jimmy, 26, from Kapit beat seven other contestants to walk away with a trophy, RM1,000 cash and two-day, one-night stay at Balcony Suite.

Meanwhile Abygail, 23, from Kuching beat 12 others to the Kumang Everly crown.

She also received  a trophy, RM1,000 cash, sash, bouquet and two-day, one night stay at Balcony Suite.

The first runners-up for Keling and Kumang Everly were Thurston Andok Bennet, 20, from Betong and Angelina Rachak Lajang, also 20, from Bekenu, respectively.

Both received RM700 cash, sash and two-day, one-night stay at the Executive Room.

Second runners-up fro Keling and Kumang Everly who received RM500, sash and two-day, one night stay at Deluxe Room were Buchin Tading, 26, from Selangau and Wendy Laur Sumur, 19, from Bintulu respectively.

The Most Appearing Keling subsidiary title went to Thurston ANdok Bennet who reeived a RM800 cash voucher.

Louisa Damie William Sampai, 18, won the Miss Photogenic subsidiary title and RM800 cash voucher.

Hotel owner Troy Yaw presented the prizes to the winners, accompanied by regional general manager of Borno Hotels, John Augustine.

First class nation requires folk with first class mentality: Talib

BINTULU: A first class country has people with first class mentality, said Jepak assemblyman Datuk Talib Zulpilip on Saturday.

And to have a first class mentality, one must have good etiquette.

“Good etiquette among the community has a direct bearing on the growth of the country,” said Talib, adding that it determines how effective the country’s administration would be.

He said good etiquette can be developed through various programmes and the yearly activity jointly organised by Shell and BDA – Shell Traffic Educational Programme (STEP) is among the fine examples to develop good etiquette among the young generation, particularly when on the roads.

Talib added that through STEP, the young participants who are the general road users could learn various rules and good etiquette while on the road, for their own safety as well as the community’s at large.

“This programme is very important for the children to get to know the proper etiquette which they should follow and practise.

“Even though it is a small programme, it gives a big impact on the human capital development,” said Talib who was officiating at the closing of Bintulu Division STEP Shell/ BDA 2009 at Bintulu Traffic Park here last Saturday.

Also present were Wong Chee Yong, who representative Sarawak Shell Berhad managing director Dato Wee Yiaw Hin and BDA senior manager (environment) Wan Ibrahim Wan Ali.

Wong said the Shell traffic games in Bintulu is the fourth leg for this year after its launch in Kapit on April 25.

“The state-level finals will be held on July 25-26 in Kota Samarahan,” he said.

As an ongoing commitment, Shell Malaysia organises a variety of community outreach programmes throughout Sarawak and Sabah.

Wong said the Shell traffic games is a true partnership success story since it started in Peninsular Malaysia in 1957 and was later implemented in the state in the 1960s.

“It has educated hundreds of thousands of young children on road safety,” he said.

In Sarawak, about 6,000 students have benefited from the programme every year.

It is meant to create early awareness of the importance of nurturing a courteous culture while walking or driving on the roads, highways.

“The ultimate objective is to reduce road injuries and fatalities through improved road safety consciousness and attitude,” he said.

According to him, road safety is very high on Shell’s agenda.

Wong said Shell always emphasised on four safety rules to their staff: use safety belts; observe speed limit; don’t drive under influence of drug or alcohol and don’t use hand phone while driving.

He said each year Shell allocates about RM2 million to educate students from secondary and primary schools on the aspects of road safety nationwide.

“We will continue to work in partnership with the government to help educate the public through road safety campaigns,” he added.

He advised the participants to apply the safety lessons which they have learnt.

“It could mean the difference between getting home safely and not getting home at all,” said Wong.

A total of 12 primary and seven secondary schools took part in the programme.

The overall champion in the primary school category went to SJK Chung Hua Bintulu 2 with 139 points, followed by SJK Chung Hua Bintulu 1 (138 points) and SK Kampung Baru (129 points).

In the secondary school category SMK Bintulu emerged the overall champion with 148 points. Second and third were SMK Bandar and SMK Kidurong both with 145 points.