Creative sisters win art competition

Prof Abdul Rahman (back row, fourth from right) posing with the CMT Arts Competition 2017 winners during the prize presentation ceremony.

ARTISTIC talent runs in the Wee family as Janice, Joy and Joanne proved when they won the prizes in their respective categories.

The three sisters who are from Klang, are among the prize winners of the first CMT Arts Competition. Janice who is the eldest at 12 followed by Joy, 8, and Joanne, 6, took home the third, first and second prizes. They won RM300, RM600 and RM200 respectively as well as certificates in their respective categories.

Janice says their parents encouraged them to take part in the competition after hearing about it from a friend.

Originally, it was only Janice who was taking part but once they arrived at the Creative Media and Technology (CMT) Hub in Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) in Shah Alam, they found that there were other categories as well.

“So, my sisters took part in the other categories,” she adds.

The three of them say they did not expect that each would win prizes, adding that the competition was a great way to bond as siblings.

The competition was based on the theme “The Glory of the Malay Sultanate of Melaka”, which is to instil national pride among the participants.

Janice’s winning masterpiece depicting two nyonya ladies helped her win in the Primary School (Years Four to Six) category, while Joanne’s bullock cart colouring helped her win in the Kindergarten (Four to Six-years-old) category.

Joy’s drawing of a traditional kampung house with an attap roof won in the Primary School (Years One to Three) category.

The first prize for the Primary School (Years Four to Six) category went to Nur Rihana Safiyyah Mohamad Rizal, 10, who won RM700 together with a certificate.

Her drawing of Hang Tuah and his friends was based on the theme of Melaka’s Golden Era. She says she came up with the idea of the drawing on her own and on the spot during the competition.  “I finished it within one-and-a-half hours,” adds the pupil from SK Agama Integrasi Seksyen 7, Shah Alam.

Naveena Shamraj Shashikumar from Klang won the first prize in the Kindergarten (Four to Six-years-old) category with her colouring of A’ Famosa.

The shy six-year-old from Klang says she has never visited the historical landmark but would like to some day.

Shahrul Ahmad’s watercolour painting of a trading port scene in Melaka won him the first prize of RM1,500 in the University Student and Public category.

Shahrul, 36, says he based his painting by imagining how busy the port would be without referring to any image.

The artist also depicted a mosque with Chinese architectural elements in his painting.

Third prize winner for the University Student and Public category Ahmad Fadzril Abdul Ruzsnan, 23, says he was inspired by Admiral Cheng Ho’s journey to Melaka in the 1400s.

His acrylic painting is of the famed admiral’s ship in the waters of the Straits of Melaka.

The UiTM student says it took him about three hours to complete the painting that won him RM700 and a certificate.

UiTM deputy vice-chancellor Prof Dr Abdul Rahman Omar says the objective of the competition was to identify young talents in the creative arts.

The CMT Arts Competition 2017 was held in conjunction with the CMT Visual Arts 2017, and China Arts and Cultural 3D Animation Exhibitions. The competition was held in collaboration with Tuanku Nur Zahirah Art Gallery in UiTM and Star Media Group. Seventy three people took part in five categories during the competition held at the UiTM Shah Alam campus last December.


By: Rebecca Rajaendram