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SJKC St Peter pupil tops ‘Chinese Bridge’ contest
Published on: Tuesday, June 14, 2022
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Kota Kinabalu: Maybelle Meryl Maurice (pic) from SJKC St Peter, Telipok, emerged champion in the Malaysian “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competition for primary school students on Saturday. 

Maybelle, who was among 12 contestants sponsored by the University Malaysia Sabah (UMS) Confucius Institute, will represent Malaysia on the international level of the competition.

Another sponsored contestant, Yusof Izwan from SJKC St James, won third place. Jasnita Mat Saad from SJK Che Hwa and six other contestants won the excellence award, while another three won consolation prizes. 

The competition was hosted by the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Malaysia and organised by the Kongzi Institute of University of Malaya. Seventeen contestants from Malaysia were selected to compete in the finals. 

University of Malaya International Affair Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Yong Zulina said the the Chinese Bridge Competition as a platform to promote language and cultural exchanges between China and Malaysia.

It has played a role in encouraging Malaysians students in primary, secondary and high schools to learn Chinese, improve their Chinese proficiency and deepen their understanding of Chinese culture.

Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Malaysia Education Counselor Zhao Chang Tao said Mandarin is a language used by over one billion people globally and a key to unlock Chinese civilisation. 

The Chinese Bridge competition included language and culture knowledge tests, speech quizzes and a Chinese talent show. 

All 17 contestants from Malaysia have shared their experience on how to learn the language effectively.

They also shared their learning skills such as learning mandarin through singing and reading stories. 

In the talent show session, the contestants showed off their singing talents, calligraphy skills and dancing, among others.

Additionally, the finals for the secondary school category was also held last week, which saw Sabah representatives winning a number of awards. 

Krisya Elyeka and Maia Ixora won the excellence awards while Athena Axora Humphrey won a consolation prize. All three are Bumiputera contestants from Kota Kinabalu High School.





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