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Hakka parents urged: Pass on the dialect
Published on: Thursday, August 22, 2019
By: Christy Chok

TAWAU: Daily Express reporter Christy Chok Lee Lui, the only candidate from Tawau, emerged among the top 10 and won a consolation prize in the final round of the “Hakka News Broadcast Competition” recently.

It was jointly organised for the first time by Department of Broadcasting Malaysia, Sabah (RTM)-Sabah VFM and Kota Kinabalu Hakka Association.

The competition was to recruit and train more Hakka news broadcasters. She was also invited to participate in the upcoming training course conducted by Sabah VFM in order to become a truly professional Hakka news broadcaster.

Christy said she found it (competition) very interesting.

It was divided into two parts namely draft preparation and impromptu broadcast. 

For the first part, all candidates had to prepare their own manuscript and practise before the preliminary competition. 

In the final round (part B), it was about the candidates’ on-the-spot response using their Hakka communication skills.

The most difficult part was converting the (broadcast) manuscript which was written in Chinese (with general Chinese vocabulary) into Hakka dialect on the spot. It was very challenging, indeed!” she said.

Christy, who is also the deputy-secretary general of United of Sabah and Labuan Hakka Association cum the secretary general of Tawau Hakka Association, said, Hakka dialect was also a language of communication with the Hakka elderly, in particular. 

There is much ancestral history and language habits from the ancient people hidden in Hakka dialects.

She urged the young to continue to learn the Hakka dialect so that this traditional language could be spread widely to the next generation. 

“Parents could start to educate and communicate in Hakka with their children at home,” she said.



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