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Essay winners win cash prizes and bursaries from UCSI University-Public Bank


KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 11 – The National English Language Essay Competition 2021 hosted by UCSI University and Public Bank saw 15 winners walk away with cash money, tuition fee waivers, trophies and certificates today.

The essay competition, held for the second time, was based on theme of Independence Day amongst youths and how ‘30 August 1957’ would monumentally effect the growth of Malaysia today.

The competition was open to high school students aged between 16 and 20 years old.  

The winners were:

  1. First Prize: Lee Chee Yew – Kuen Cheng High School.
  2. Second Prize: Nashat Zaman – Tenby School Ipoh.
  3. Third Prize: Muhammad Zaim Bin Afendi – Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Jalan Empat Bandar Baru Bangi
  4. Fourth Prize: Ahmad Marzuki Bin Azman – SMK (L) Bukit Bintang, Petaling Jaya
  5. Fifth Prize: Tan Hui Xin – Chong Hwa Independent High School KL

A total of RM5,000 cash and 100% UCSI University tuition fee waiver were given to Lee; RM3,000 cash and RM10,000 in UCSI University tuition fee waiver were given to Nashat; RM1,500 cash and RM8,000 in UCSI University tuition fee waiver were given to Muhammad Zaim; RM1,000 cash and RM5,000 in UCSI University tuition fee waiver were given to Ahmad Marzuki; and RM800 cash and RM3,000 in UCSI University tuition fee waiver were given to Tan.

All top five winners received a trophy and a certificate. Other consolation prize winners bagged RM400 cash and RM2,000 tuition fee waiver as well as a certificate.

Deputy Education Minister Dato Dr Mah Hang Soon, who graced the event, described the competition as an event not only for youths to have their voice heard, but also a platform to showcase their flair for writing. 

“English is widely spoken by many in the world and it is important for to be good at the language. It is also the language that is commonly used in various spaces whether you are learning, working or traveling.

“I am particularly amazed by some of the essays written. They are very well articulated and good command of English,” he said.

UCSI University Vice-Chancellor Professor Datuk Dr Siti Hamisah Tapsir thanked Public Bank for supporting the University for the second time in organising the event.

“I must thank Public Bank for its support and kind contribution in making this national competition a reality,” she said.


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