KUCHING: The winners of the lantern colouring and lantern making competitions, organised by the Federation of the Chinese Associations of Kuching, Samarahan and Serian Divisions, received their prizes during the launch of the Mid-Autumn Festival at Aeroville Shopping Mall here, Sunday night.

The ceremony was officiated by Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian.

The organising chairman, Lawrence Soo Kie Lung, who is also the federation’s youth wing chairman, was delighted with the response — 65 groups of parents and children took part in the lantern colouring contest.

A total of 32 teams took part in the lantern making competition. Seventeen teams took part in the Chinese traditional culture design category while 15 entries were received for the Sarawak ethnic culture design category.

He hoped that such activities would cultivate the interest of preserving culture in the younger generation.


Dr Sim presenting a prize to one of the winners in the kindergarten category.

In the lantern colouring and decorating contest, the team of Ngu Lih Hui and Jong Jia En won the first prize in the kindergarten category, with Hiew Lee Chea and Chong Li Xiang coming in second and Chen Boon Kiaw and Cheh Hock Luis, third.

In the primary school category, Chen Boon Kiaw and Cheh Joe Hwin won the first prize, with Cindy Chai Miaw Kian and Jacky Voon Wu Chun, second while third went to Chai Joo Ing and Esther Chong Xing Tze.

In the secondary school category, Valerie Chia and Zoe Ng Chong won the first prize, with Michelle Kho Siew Chin and Chang Mei Yen in second and Sia Sheau Jeng and Chee Min, third.

In the lantern making competition, in the traditional Chinese culture design category, Lee Yan emerged as champion with Ling Chun Yu, second and Chai Chok Kha, third.

In the Sarawak ethnic culture design category, Liew Thai Chong won first, Chai Chian Jie, second and Ling Chun Yu, third.