KUALA LUMPUR: Two Malaysian National News Agency (Bernama) reporters were adjudged second and third in the journalist category of the 2015 Young Humanitarian Writers Competition.
The competition was organised by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the National Press Club (NPC) Malaysia in cooperation with the Malaysian Red Crescent (MRC).
Yasmin Abdul Manan, 28, a reporter in Kuala Lumpur, won the second prize for her English feature article entitled ‘From an English Teacher to Humanitarian Crusader’ while a Bernama stringer in Kelantan, Mohd Noor Iqram Rosli, 24, won the third prize for his Malay feature article entitled ‘Iktibar Bah Kuning’, said ICRC and NPC in a joint statement Wednesday.
May Chiam of the Star newspaper won the first prize.
As for the non-journalist category, Siti Nur Zulaiha Lailee alias Azman won the first prize in the Malay language category and Chin Kah Loong was adjudged first in the English language category.
Syahrir Azfar Saleh won the second prize and Mohd Ariff Mohd Noor, the third prize, in the Malay language category while Darryl Tan Jie Wei won the second prize and Raihan Mohd Ramlee, the third prize, in the English language category.
The first prize winners will receive electronic gadgets worth RM1,500 and RM500 cash; the second prize winners, electronic gadgets worth RM1,000 and RM500 cash and the third prize winners, RM500 cash. The cash prizes are provided by the NPC.
The statement said the winners were selected from more than 130 entries submitted by writers aged between 18 and 30 from around the country.
It said this was the first competition of its kind held in Malaysia with the aim of raising awareness on today’s most pressing humanitarian challenges.
ICRC and NPC hope that more young talented writers will participate in the competition in the future because it offered them an outlet to express their concerns about pressing humanitarian issues across the globe.
The competition, with the theme of ‘Respecting Life and Human Dignity’, was launched in June to mark the 156th anniversary of the Battle of Solferino, which led to the creation of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and international humanitarian law.