During the prize giving and awards ceremony held at Sunway University recently, the Deputy Minister of Education 1, YB Dato’ P Kamalanathan gave 26 deserving students their cash prizes, Sunway bursaries and Certificates of Participation for their commendable efforts in the Sunway-Oxbridge Essay Competition 2016. From over 4,000 online submissions via http://sunway.edu.my/essay/, the shortlisted candidates attended an on-site essay writing in Penang, Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bahru and Kuching on 16 June.
YB Dato’ P Kamalanathan thanked the organisers, the teachers, the schools and the parents for their efforts in making the National Education Blueprint a reality as the English language is an essential tool in helping to build Malaysia into a progressive nation in the near future.
“For three years now, the Ministry of Education has worked together with the Sunway Group and the Oxford and Cambridge Society of Malaysia to bring this essay competition across Malaysia in a unified goal to elevate the standard of English amongst secondary school students,” he said.
“In its first and second year, we had received a total of 2,000 entries for each year from all around Malaysia. This year, I am glad to share that with the help of the Ministry of Education, teachers, and parents, we have successfully increased the number of entries to more than 4,000 entries. Out of the 4,000 entries, we received more than 3,500 unique entries. From 290 schools in 2014, and 399 schools in 2015, we have managed to reach out to a total of 538 schools nationwide this year!” said Tan Sri Razman M Hashim, Deputy Chairman of Sunway Group.
In congratulating the winners of the Sunway-Oxbridge Essay Competition for expressing their opinions and thoughts, Tan Sri Razman M Hashim shared that the Founder and Chairman of Sunway Group, Tan Sri Dr Jeffrey Cheah, is a great believer that a good education will bring about improvements in society and the nation.
The winners of this year’s Sunway-Oxbridge Essay Competition in both Category A (Form 1 to Form 3 students) and Category B (Form 4 to Form 5 students) were selected based on the composition they chose to craft on-site. For this year’s Sunway-Oxbridge Essay Competition, Category A has three prize winners who have tied for third place in this category. The three winners for Category A are Alicia Malini Samuel, Hooi Yan Ling and Rifqah bt. Mohamed Fairuz. They each took home a cash prize of RM1,000; a Sunway bursary worth RM10,000 and a Certificate of Participation.
The first prize winner of Category B is Tan Hoong Wei and she won a cash prize of RM5,000; a Sunway bursary worth RM20,000 and a Certificate of Participation. The second prize winner is Thoveen Prakash a/l Ramesh and he clinched a cash prize of RM3,000; a Sunway bursary worth RM15,000 and a Certificate of Participation. The third prize winner is Kirubaharan a/l Muttusamy and took home a cash prize of RM1,000; a Sunway bursary worth RM10,000 and a Certificate of Participation.
The ten consolation prize winners for both Category A and Category B took home a cash prize of RM500 each; a Sunway bursary worth RM5,000 and a Certificate of Participation. The Sunway Bursaries prizes will enable the students to have the option to enrol in any of the internationally recognised pre-university programmes at Sunway College, Kuala Lumpur.