Chung Hwa Middle School student wins Malay oratory

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AN ELEVEN-YEAR-OLD Chinese student emerged champion yesterday in the primary level Malay oratory category of the 2016 National Pidato Competition.

Flora Ngu Jia Ying from Chung Hwa Middle School (CHMS) bested Mohammad Wafiq Hj Said Ghalib Khan of Al-Falaah School by five points with 83 per cent.

Ngu, who competed in the oratory contest for the first time, told The Brunei Times that even though Malay is not her native language, guidance from her teachers in school and practice helped her bag first place in the competition.

“I’m very happy, and my hard work has finally paid off,” said the Year Five student.

“Language isn’t really a problem, as I could speak (Malay), but practice and guidance from my teachers really helped me with my pronunciation and fluency,” said Ying, adding that mastering spoken Malay has always been her passion.

Ngu, who frequently participates in singing competitions, mainly attributed her success to the vocal lessons she’s been taking since she was six years old.

She also recently won gold in the voice category for Brunei at the 6th Singapore Performers’ Festival and Chamber Music Competition.

She was also a top 10 finalist in the Disney Classic performance for Anna’s character in the Frozen musical by Disney Channel last year in Singapore.

The primary level category was open for Year Four to Year Five students with the theme ‘Rajaku Idolaku’ while secondary contestants had to deliver their speeches under the theme ‘Daulat Raja Merentasi Zaman’ in standard Malay.

Meanwhile, pre-university competitors were required to deliver their speeches in English with the theme ‘Strong and Exemplary Leadership’.

Nine students competed under each category before the Deputy Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA), Hj Md Sunadi Hj Buntar.

Under the competition, organised by the Co-Curriculum Education Department of the Ministry of Education, each contestant received a cash prize of at least $50. They were also awarded a plaque and certificate of participation.

The Brunei Times