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Malacca champion Allyna Ng Ming Yi (centre) being flanked by first runner-up  Aydina Azureen Azudin (second from left) and second runner-up Lee Jian Liang (second from right). With them are (from left) presenter M.G. Roopvanti, auditor Fazila Shahahruzaman of NSTP Corporate Governance, judge Francis Dass, NSTP senior manager (Marketing) cum SIR Challenge deputy chairman Wan Abdillah Wan Nawi and RHB’s southern region branch operations manager Shafiee Harun.
Malacca champion Allyna Ng Ming Yi (centre) being flanked by first runner-up Aydina Azureen Azudin (second from left) and second runner-up Lee Jian Liang (second from right). With them are (from left) presenter M.G. Roopvanti, auditor Fazila Shahahruzaman of NSTP Corporate Governance, judge Francis Dass, NSTP senior manager (Marketing) cum SIR Challenge deputy chairman Wan Abdillah Wan Nawi and RHB’s southern region branch operations manager Shafiee Harun.

KUALA TERENGGANU: Winning top prizes at the RHB New Straits Times Spell-It-Right Challenge is becoming a habit for Nurul Azzah Abd Aziz.

Terengganu champion  Nurul Azzah Abd Aziz (centre) flanked by runner-up  Abol Hanif Abol Munafi (left) and second runner-up Fatin Najwa Mahmud.
Terengganu champion Nurul Azzah Abd Aziz (centre) flanked by runner-up Abol Hanif Abol Munafi (left) and second runner-up Fatin Najwa Mahmud.

While she and the rest of the SM Kebangsaan Agama Tok Jiring team emerged champions in the school’s category last year, the 17-year-old had the glory all to herself this year as she spelt her way to win the individual category.

“Too bad I can’t come back for more next year,” said the Fifth Former who admitted she was lucky in her victory in the contest held at the Terengganu Trade Centre.

The third of four siblings grabbed the RM2,000 prize money by spelling “witticism” and “intractable” correctly.

“I was lucky to be given those words as I knew I would be having problems spelling some of the words that were presented to other finalists,” said Nurul Azzah, who plans to save her prize money in the bank.
The battle for second place was a hard-fought seven round tie-breaker with Abol Hanif Abol Munafi, 15, of SMK Kompleks Gong Badak getting the better of Fatin Najwa Mahmud, 16, of SMK Menerong.

The Form Three student, who helped his school to be runners-up in the schools category earlier, spelt “disarmament” correctly to take home RM1,500 while the sole representative from Hulu Terengganu fumbled with her spelling of “magnanimous”.

Fatin Najwa was overjoyed to receive the RM1,000 prize money as she had never expected to win anything at the tournament.

The farmer’s daughter and the youngest of eight siblings, said she and three friends asked their English teacher Siti Norazliza to help them with the registration and preparation for the competition.

“This has been one unforgettable experience as we have never done this before and it would only be fair if I share some of the prize money with my teammates,” she said.

SM Lembah Bidong emerged champiion in the schools’ category and third place went to SM (Atas) Sultan Zainal Abidin, Kuala Terengganu. A total of 19 schools participated in the competition.

Prizes were presented by NST deputy chief news editor and Content Committee chairman Balan Moses and RHB East Coast Region area manager Shaharuddin Ming.

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KUALA TERENGGANU: There is strength in numbers.

Parents and teachers here feel that the RHB New Straits Times Spell-It-Right Challenge could help strengthen the command of English among students if more schools participated.

They said more students would also have the advantage of competing with their peers and learning new words.

SM Lembah Bidong’s English for Mathematics and Science panel head, Azimah Dollah, said more schools should participate as the competition had proved to be a winner with participants expanding their vocabulary.

“We were a little late in sending our registration form and some of us thought we were not going to make it as there were only 48 places available but we did and have benefited from it,” she said.
MRSM Kota Putera teacher Fatihah Nur Izzati Benjamin Abdullah was hoping to see two other MRSM schools in the state at the tournament.

“The programme is a good one and the powers that be in the state education department should do something about having more schools competing,” she said, adding that she appreciated what the department had done so far.

State Education Department sector head (academic) Zuber Embong said the competition was a good opportunity for schools to make use of the “smart partnership programme” between NST and RHB.

He said the department would try to get more schools to participate next year.

SK Sultan Sulaiman teacher Yusnita Md Yunus, said it took effort to prepare for the competition with some teachers seeing that as a burden.

“But all of us were happy in the end. We could see the fruits of our labour when we came away with the title,” she said.

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KUALA TERENGGANU (Sinar Harian) – Masyarakat di negeri ini digalakkan melancong dalam negeri kerana ia bukan sahaja mampu menjana ekonomi negeri malah memberi pulangan besar kepada masyarakat.

Pengurus Besar Majlis Tindakan Pelancongan Ne-geri Terengganu (MTPNT), Ahmad Fathil Abd Ghani berkata, memandangkan keadaan ekonomi yang kurang memberangsangkan hari ini, pelancongan domestik lebih diutamakan berbanding memilih melancong ke luar negeri.

Menurutnya, pelancongan domestik masih lagi aktif walaupun keadaan ekonomi negara tidak begitu baik akibat kemelesetan ekonomi dunia.

“Mereka yang memilih tempat untuk ke luar negeri atau negara tidak tahu negeri ini juga banyak tempat menarik yang perlu dilawati seperti pulau-pulau, air terjun atau kawasan perkam-pungan.

“Selain itu, Terengganu juga banyak menghasilkan produknya sendiri dan ini menjadi kebanggaan kepada negeri ini kerana mampu memiliki ‘brand’ tersendiri seperti barangan kraf tangan batik, songket atau tembaga,” katanya.

Walau bagaimanapun, Ahmad Fathil berharap, masyarakat di Terengganu memainkan peranan aktif agar memperkenalkan keunikan negeri ini kepada masyarakat luar kerana beliau yakin ia mampu menggalakkan sektor pelancongan negeri ini.

“Pihak pelancongan juga mengambil inisiatif menjemput pelancong dari luar negara untuk datang ke sini merasai kenikmatan dan keindahan lokasi pelancongan dan seterusnya menggalakkan pelancong luar untuk berkunjung ke sini.

“Selain memperkenalkan tempat menarik kepada mereka, kita juga dapat bertukar-tukar pendapat dan seterusnya mewujudkan persaingan sihat antara satu sama lain,” katanya.

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(Harian Metro) Di negeri Pantai Timur, khususnya Terengganu aktiviti mencandat sotong adalah kegiatan ekonomi nelayan sejak dulu. Pesisiran laut yang luas dan pulau berselerak di sekitarnya menjadikan aktiviti mencandat sotong dapat dilakukan.

Kini kegiatan ekonomi tradisional berkenaan muncul sebagai satu produk pelancongan yang unik dan menggamit pelancong untuk berkunjung ke Terengganu bagi melihat sendiri apa yang dikatakan mencandat sotong.

Mengikut kebiasaan masyarakat nelayan Terengganu, setiap tahun dalam pertengahan April hingga Julai adalah tempoh mereka turun ke laut untuk mencandat sotong.

Dalam masa itulah rakyat Terengganu dapat melihat kelipan lampu bot nelayan yang mencandat sotong di sekitar pesisiran pulau pada waktu malam.Usaha kreatif kerajaan Terengganu patut dipuji kerana mengambil langkah positif dengan menjadikan aktiviti mencandat sotong untuk menarik pelancong terutama domestik.Ia sekali gus mampu menjana peluang ekonomi bagi rakyat Terengganu. Bulan Candat Sotong 2009 yang dilancarkan pada 2 Mei lalu menjadi platform untuk mempromosikan Terengganu sebagai destinasi pelancongan utama di Malaysia.

Menurut Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Pelancongan, Kebudayaan, Kesenian dan Warisan Negeri Terengganu, Datuk Za’abar Mohd Adib, Bulan Candat Sotong 2009 dapat dijadikan produk tarikan pelancong, sekali gus membantu kerajaan negeri mencapai sasaran kunjungan pelancong untuk tahun ini.

Katanya, Bulan Candat Sotong 2009 akan dimeriahkan dengan Cabaran Candat Sotong dan Fiesta Musim Candat.

Kedua-dua program itu adalah pengisian sepanjang Bulan Candat Sotong 2009 yang kini diangkat sebagai ikon pelancongan utama di Terengganu setaraf Festival Pulau Pinang dan Pesta Lumut di Perak.

Inilah gambaran kesungguhan kerajaan Terengganu dalam usaha menjadikan sektor pelancongan sebagai pemangkin kepada pembangunan ekonomi negeri itu.

Kini, usaha berkenaan semakin menampakkan kesan positif kerana Bulan Candat Sotong ditunggu-tunggu pelancong.

Sesungguhnya program Cabaran Candat Sotong dan Fiesta Musim Candat memberi peluang pelancong untuk mengetahui secara lebih mendalam mengenai cara dan peralatan digunakan dalam aktiviti mencandat sotong.

Kalau selama ini orang ramai hanya mengetahui melalui paparan maklumat dalam media atau buku, kini mereka boleh merasai sendiri pengalaman mencandat sotong di samping mengetahui peralatan digunakan.

Ini sudah tentu pengalaman sangat berharga dan unik yang akan sentiasa terpahat dalam sanubari pelancong pada Bulan Candat Sotong berlangsung di Terengganu.

Malah, pelancong akan dibawa terus merasai pengalaman mencandat sotong pada waktu malam.

Aktiviti mencandat sotong yang dijadikan produk pelancongan sudah melonjakkan kegiatan ekonomi Terengganu dan rakyatnya turut merasai kesan positifnya.

Dengan jumlah kunjungan pelancong yang meningkat setiap tahun merancakkan industri homestay.

Kini dilaporkan setiap tahun dari Mei hingga Julai, perkampungan homestay di sekitar pesisiran pantai sentiasa penuh dan tidak dapat menampung permintaan tinggi daripada pelancong.

Disebabkan faktor itulah perkampungan homestay dibina bagaikan cendawan tumbuh selepas hujan.

Ini sangat positif bagi menjana pendapatan penduduk dan dengan kreativiti menganjurkan program mencandat sotong tentu akan menambahkan nilai kunjungan pelancong.

Limpahan nikmat hasil aktiviti pelancongan bukan saja membuahkan sumber ekonomi, tetapi menaikkan nama negeri itu di persada pelancongan negara.

Program mencandat sotong turut membawa kesan positif kepada industri pembinaan bot bersaiz kecil dan sederhana kerana perkhidmatan bot adalah komponen utama dalam aktiviti itu.

Bot itulah yang membawa pelancong ke laut dan merasai keseronokan mencandat sotong.

Pengarah Lembaga Kemajuan Ikan Malaysia (LKIM) Negeri Terengganu, Jelani Hashim, berkata melalui aktiviti candat sotong, orang ramai akan menyewa sekitar RM700 untuk sebuah bot.

Katanya, ini memberi keuntungan kepada nelayan yang menyewakannya kepada pelancong.

Pelancong juga pasti akan berbelanja membeli peralatan mencandat, makanan sebagai bekalan dalam bot, penginapan dan pengangkutan di darat selain membeli ole-ole seperti keropok dan batik.

Dapatlah kita katakan usaha kerajaan Terengganu menjadikan mencandat sotong sebagai satu agenda utama pelancongan sangat tepat.

Kini, program mencandat sotong diaktifkan lagi dengan sokongan pihak swasta dan badan bukan kerajaan (NGO).

Apa yang diperlukan ialah program diadakan di setiap daerah berpantai di Terengganu.

Tahun ini Cabaran Candat Sotong dimulakan di Marang (Pulau Kapas) kemudian diadakan di Dungun dan berakhir di daerah Kuala Terengganu.

Sepatutnya kawasan pesisiran laut daerah Setiu, Besut dan Kemaman wajar dieksploitasi semaksimum mungkin untuk memberi peluang pelancong luar mengenali daerah itu dengan lebih mendalam.

Mungkin ia menjadi kenyataan pada tahun akan datang jika kerajaan Terengganu dan pihak swasta dapat menyediakan perancangan program secara lebih terperinci.

Menurut Setiausaha Bahagian Dasar, Perancangan dan Hubungan Antarabangsa Kementerian Pelancongan, Mohd Halimi Ibrahim, apa yang perlu dilakukan ialah meyakinkan pelancong asing bahawa Malaysia sebuah negara selamat untuk dikunjungi.

Tentu kita juga yakin semua aktiviti pelancongan termasuk program mencandat sotong tidak terganggu dengan fenomena wabak selesema babi.

Di samping itu, Majlis Tindakan Pelancongan Negeri harus lebih agresif mempromosikan program mencandat sotong bukan hanya untuk pelancong domestik, tetapi juga ditumpukan kepada menarik pelancong asing.

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Stage fright of dinosaur proportions saw Wan Nur Farha Afina Wan Fauzi of SK Anak Ikan bow out in the first round of the SIR primary-level competition in Terengganu.
Stage fright of dinosaur proportions saw Wan Nur Farha Afina Wan Fauzi of SK Anak Ikan bow out in the first round of the SIR primary-level competition in Terengganu.

KUALA TERENGGANU (NST): At 0.9 metres and tipping the scale at a mere 15kg, Wan Nur Farha Afina Wan Fauzi was an unlikely contestant at the state RHB New Straits Times Spell-It-Right Challenge at the Terengganu Trade Centre.

As the Year Three pupil of SK Anak Ikan in Besut walked onto the stage, some gasped while others smiled at the gumption she displayed in taking on others older and much bigger than her.

Her feet could not touch the ground much as she tried to get comfortable on her chair.

The headphone barely fit her head and she was having trouble adjusting the microphone to suit her height but Wan Nur Farha Afina proved she was a game trier.

But despite her best efforts, the nine-year-old bowed out in the first round after failing to spell “dinosaur”, a word that she later said she knew how to spell but had misspelled due to nervousness.
The team yesterday was a two-family affair: Wan Nur Farha Afina and her brother Wan Fikru Humaidi, 11; and sisters Nur Syaheera Aina Che Baharuddin, 9, and Nur Hanani Sofiah, 10.

Met after the prize-giving ceremony, Wan Nur Farha Afina admitted to getting cold feet after facing the largest crowd she had ever seen in her life.

“I was sad that I could not spell the word right but I was also happy that I was able to leave the stage! I kept feeling like going to the restroom throughout the entire time.”

Wan Nur Farha Afina’s ambition is to become a teacher like her father, Wan Fauzi Wan Husssin, who teaches English at the school.

Wan Fauzi said he had picked Wan Nur Farha Afina, Wan Fikru Humaidi, Nur Syaheera Aina and Nur Hanani Sofiah to enter the competition purely to gain experience.

“The competition is still new to us at the school and I realised that none of the older students was keen to participate.

“So I thought it would be a good idea to give exposure to pupils from Year Three, Four and Five.

“At least, they now know what the tournament is all about.

“And, judging by what they say, the chances are that we will be competing next year,” said Wan Fauzi who was fine with the fact that none of his students had managed to spell even a single word right.

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Irwan Amir Rufianto Mohd Suhartono showing some of his batik designs.
Irwan Amir Rufianto Mohd Suhartono showing some of his batik designs.

KUALA TERENGGANU (NST): Just like his batik designs, Irwan Amir Rufianto Mohd Suhartono, 29, is one of a kind.

Despite his Indonesian name, Irwan is from Kampung Pasir Panjang, and not from Indonesia, although he admitted to have been inspired by Indonesian batik motifs.

The self-taught batik designer said Indonesian batik was unique and could be recognised by almost anyone at just a glance and that was what he wanted Terengganu batik to be some day.

With no formal art or design education, Irwan, who studied civil engineering at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, said he was groomed to join his family construction business but instead decided to follow his heart.

“That was almost seven years ago.
“Now I am happy that my works have been widely accepted and I am proud to say that I have stayed true to my heritage by incorporating the colours and flavours of Terengganu in all my designs.

“In addition to flora and fauna, I have included other common sights such as the breaking waves, tree barks, beach pebbles, river granites, waterfalls, raindrops, traditional Malay boats and animals,” he said.

His proudest moment was when he saw former prime minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi wearing his batik shirt at the Monsoon Cup sailing competition in 2006 — that was when he knew his sacrifice and hard work had paid off.

“But I have yet to come to terms with my business direction. I am still without a retail outlet of my own and all this while, all my designs have been marketed under other people’s labels.

“I make it a point to only create exclusive, one of a kind design, so there are no duplicates, be they hand-painted or block design,” he said.

Irwan’s creations will be on display at the Duyong Pancing Festival at Ri-Yaz Heritage Resort and Spa in Pulau Duyong from June 4 to 6.

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PEMENANG pertama Spell It Right, Aaron (tengah), tempat kedua Nurul Naazira (kiri) dan tempat ketiga, Syed Ahmad Hisham.

KUALA TERENGGANU (Berita Harian): Murid Tahun Lima Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Sultan Sulaiman I (SK Sultan Sulaiman), Aaron Khor Ghaik Neng muncul johan kategori individu pertandingan Cabaran Spell-It-Right (SIR) anjuran bersama akhbar New Straits Times (NST) dan Kumpulan Bank RHB (RHB).

Dengan kemenangan itu, beliau membawa pulang hadiah wang tunai RM1,000 dan akan mewakili Terengganu ke SIR Peringkat Kebangsaan pada 8 Ogos depan di Kuala Lumpur.

Aaron menewaskan tiga pesaing, Nurul Naazira Che Azemin, 11, dari SK Tengku Mahmud II; Syed Ahmad Hisyam Engku Taufiq, 12, (SK Pusat Chabang Tiga) dan Noor Ezzah Hayati Nawawi, 12, dari SK Rengas Bekah melalui tiga pusingan yang memerlukan beliau mengeja perkataan ‘restive’, ‘resonance’ dan ‘villainous’.

Nurul Naazira yang mendapat tempat kedua meraih hadiah wang tunai RM800 dan Syed Ahmad Hisyam menerima RM500 selaku pemenang tempat ketiga dalam pertandingan diadakan di Pusat Dagangan Terengganu itu.

Bagi kategori sekolah, juara diraih SK Sultan Sulaiman, Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan China Chung Hwa Wei Sin di tempat kedua dan SK Pusat Chabang Tiga menduduki tempat ketiga. Masing-masing membawa pulang hadiah wang tunai RM1,000, RM800 dan RM500.

Aaron yang pertama kali menyertai SIR berkata, kemenangan itu mungkin didorong oleh hobinya yang suka melayari internet dan membaca buku serta akhbar berbahasa Inggeris bagi meningkatkan keupayaan dan penguasaan dalam bahasa itu.

“Setiap kali saya jumpa perkataan yang susah, saya akan catat, cari makna dan hafal ejaannya.

“Selepas ini, saya perlu membuat persiapan rapi untuk mewakili Terengganu ke peringkat kebangsaan. Saya sangat gembira dengan kemenangan ini dan berjanji akan memberikan yang terbaik untuk memastikan kejayaan Terengganu,” katanya.

Gurunya, Yusnita Md Yunus, berkata pemilihan Aaron untuk mewakili sekolah ke pertandingan itu bersama tiga rakannya, Foo Siang Sen, 12; Adriana Amira Ngah Jamsani, 12 dan Jeremiah Thomas P Koshy, berdasarkan ujian saringan awal membabitkan 82 murid.

Sementara itu, Nurul Naazira berkata, beliau berhasrat menyumbangkan sebahagian wang hadiah dimenanginya kepada rakan sekolahnya yang miskin dan membelanja rakan serta guru yang banyak memberi dorongan, sokongan dan membantunya sepanjang menjalani latihan.

Syed Ahmad Hisyam pula berkata, kejayaannya adalah hasil usaha gigih, yang menjadikan akhbar NST sebagai bahan bacaan utama setiap hari selain kerap membuat latihan penulisan dalam bahasa Inggeris.

Pertandingan Cabaran SIR bertujuan meningkatkan penguasaan kemahiran bahasa Inggeris pada generasi muda terutama pelajar sekolah di negara ini.

Sebanyak sembilan sekolah menyertai cabaran SIR itu yang turut mendapat penajaan daripada restoran makanan segera, McDonald’s, yang menyumbang makan tengah hari percuma untuk peserta, guru dan ibu bapa.

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SETIU, 23 Mei (Bernama) — Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin hari ini mengetuai 109 pelumba menyertai Kejohanan Kuda Lasak Edaran Endurance Classic 2009 di Terengganu International Endurance Park (TIEP) di sini.

Seri Paduka yang mewakili Royal Terengganu Endurance Stable (RTES) dan menunggang kuda bernama “Jakim Murphy” bersaing dalam kategori 120km bersama 15 peserta lain.

Perlumbaan dijangka berakhir kira-kira 11 pagi esok.

Sementara itu, Pemangku Raja Terengganu Tengku Muhammad Ismail Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin dan kekandanya, Tengku Nadhirah Zahrah turut mengambil bahagian dalam acara 40km.

Kejohanan dua hari anjuran bersama Edaran Berhad dan kerajaan Terengganu itu, membabitkan kategori 40km, 80km, 120km dan 160km.

— BERNAMA

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