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ASLI-Star Merdeka Essay Writing Competition 2017 :


31 Oct 2017


12:00 am - 4:00 pm


Email Submissions Only

This year marks the 60th Anniversary of Malaysia’s Independence as an independent, multicultural and multi-religious sovereign nation. In honour of the 60 years of Merdeka, the Asian Strategy & Leadership Institute (ASLI) and the Star Media Group, with support from Sunway University, have jointly organised a Merdeka Essay Writing Competition for youth around Malaysia to put their thoughts into writing. The theme is ‘Promoting National Unity and Moderation’ in Malaysia, and aims to ask the youth to think of the progress Malaysia has made in becoming a united country in its 60 years of independence. It is more important than ever to hear the voices of young Malaysians.

The competition is open to all young Malaysians between the ages of 16 and 22 who are studying in secondary schools (Category A) and in colleges and universities (Category B). There is one essay question for each category; contestants must answer one depending on which category they fall into.

– For Category A, secondary school students must write an essay, between 400 to 800 words, on “Is there a symbol that can be used to unite all Malaysians, respective of race, culture and religion, and how would you use the symbol to promote national unity in schools?”
– For Category B, college and university students must write an essay, between 500 to 1000 words, answering the question “From the perspective of a young adult, discuss the importance and strengths of national unity for Malaysia, and discuss how moderation plays a part in achieving such unity.”

Entries will be carefully evaluated by an esteemed panel of judges and winners of the essay competition will be announced in November this year. Competition winners will earn cash prizes and the chance to have their essays published in The Star. First prize winners for Category A, secondary school students, will receive RM1500. Second and third prize will win RM1000 and RM500 respectively. Winners for Category B, college and university students, will receive RM3000 for first place, RM2000 for second and RM1000 for third. There will be five consolation prizes of RM200 for both Category A and B.

Only the first 500 essays submitted and received via email will be judged. Contestants should submit one essay each. Entries must be written in English. Essays must be original, previously unpublished and submitted to this contest alone. All quotes and references used must be properly cited. Any form of plagiarism will result in disqualification. The decisions of the judges are final.

The deadline for submission has been extended to 4pm on 31st October 2017. Contestants should submit their entries by email to essay@asli.com.my with the following details:
– Full name (as on your IC)
– Contact numbers (mobile phone and landline)
– Email address
– Complete residential address
– Name of School/College/University
– Year and Course/Major
– School/College/University address and contact details

For more information and the guidelines for the essay writing competition, please click here.