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SJKT Sungai Salak Students Illuminate National Day with Tapestry of Patriotism

In a striking demonstration of collaboration and dedication, students from SJK Tamil Sungai Salak have made an achievement that has never been created before by setting a new record for the ‘Longest Malaysia Madani Flag’ to mark the 66th National Day.

Under the guidance of the school’s headmaster, Mr. Sivakumar, and with the help and support of the teachers, parents, and staff, students as young as five have accomplished crafting an impressive 99.4-meter-long banner with meticulous attention to detail, with the word ‘Malaysia Madani’ inscribed 17,356 times in four languages; Malay, English, Chinese, and Tamil to emphasize the nation’s multicultural identity.

Taking inspiration from the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dato’ Sri Anwar Ibrahim, the banner starts with the silhouettes of the last 10 prime ministers from Independence Day until today, presented in Tamil, Malay, and Chinese. This thoughtful addition serves as a historical tribute to the leaders who have shaped the nation.

The banner also thoughtfully shows representations of each ethnic group in Malaysia, as well as each state and its distinctive features, including iconic historical landmarks. Noteworthy examples include Kuala Lumpur’s KLCC and Negeri Sembilan’s Minangkabau, drawn to capture the uniqueness of each state.

Adding a touch of national pride, the hibiscus or bunga raya, Malaysia’s cherished national flower, is prominently featured throughout the banner. The inclusion goal is to enliven the spirit of patriotism among the students of SJKT Sungai Salak.

The detailed paintings not only showcase the artistic level that primary school students are able to achieve but also serve as a captivating backdrop for the entire display. The phrase ‘Malaysia Madani’ prominently graces the top of these illustrations, creating a fusion of language, history, and art.

To make the record attempt more special, the District Education Officer of Port Dickson, Tuan Hj. Kamanizam bin Hj. Tindek became the witness to the accomplishment of the students and also participated together in the memorable record attempt national certificate and medal handover on 22 November 2023.

The collaborative effort of SJKT Sungai Salak’s students in creating the ‘Longest Malaysia Madani flag’ is a noteworthy accomplishment. It not only shows that there is no age limit in creating an achievement but also exemplifies the values of unity, diversity, and patriotism ingrained within the school’s community. The commitment of the students, coupled with the support of the people around them has resulted in a visual masterpiece that will remain in their hearts forever.

Philomena Shines as the First Sarawakian Woman to Conquer the Asian Bodybuilding Stage

Philomena Dexclyn Siar, an exceptional Bidayuh athlete hailing from Sarawak, has made history by becoming the first Sarawakian woman to secure victory on the fiercely competitive Asian Bodybuilding and Physique Sports stage. The remarkable achievement has been officially recognized by the prestigious Jalur Gemilang Book of Records.

At the recent 55th Asian Bodybuilding and Physique Sports Championships held in Kathmandu, Nepal, Philomena, aged 40, clinched the gold medal for Team Malaysia in the Women’s Sports Physique (Over 165cm) category. Her triumphant performance displayed an unmatched combination of strength, dedication, and perseverance.

Philomena was presented with the Jalur Gemilang Book of Records certificate and medal which took place during the 52nd Mr. Malaysia Bodybuilding Championships at the Malaysia Agro Exposition Park Serdang in Selangor on 14 October 2023. The ceremony was attended and witnessed by both the President and Vice President of Malaysia Body Building Federation (‘MBBF’), Major General Dato’ Dr. Ahmad Badrus Bin Othman (Rtd), and the Vice President, Lieutenant Commander Kamaruzaman Kadir (Rtd) together with the CEO of the Jalur Gemilang Book of Records, Mr. Simon Lau. Remarkably, the certificate and medal presentation coincided with Ms. Philomena’s 40th Birthday, adding an extra layer of significance to the event for our bodybuilding champion.

Philomena’s groundbreaking win not only represents a personal triumph but also stands as a significant milestone for Sarawakian sports and female empowerment. Her success has sparked pride and inspiration within the local community, especially among aspiring athletes, encouraging them to pursue their dreams and challenge conventional norms.

The Start of Her Bodybuilding Career

While currently serving as a state government administrative officer, Philomena embarked on her professional bodybuilding journey in 2018. Her initial motivation was to lead a healthier lifestyle and shed weight. She diligently committed to hours on the treadmill, weight training, and enlisted the guidance of a personal trainer.

In 2018, her talent was spotted by a renowned Sarawakian and Malaysian world-class bodybuilding athlete, Dr. Malvern Abdullah. Under his mentorship, Philomena made her competition debut at the FM League Physique War & Muscle War 2018 in Singapore.

Largest Indoor Merdeka-themed Human Mosaic

The Malaysian Employment Laws Conference 2023 (MELC 2023) has set a new record for assembling the ‘Largest Indoor Merdeka-themed Human Mosaic’ of Almarhum Tunku Abdul Rahman with a record of 266.328m2 and consisting of 250 HR professionals and practitioners organized by MyFreelys Academy and Q3 Management Solution that happened on 15th August 2023.

Ipoh Boy is Malaysia’s First Mathews Family Scholarship

Meet Wong Wen Kyle, an Ipoh native and the first Malaysian to be awarded the prestigious Mathews Family Scholarship at Queen’s University Belfast. This scholarship recognizes exceptional medical students, granting them the opportunity to pursue an intercalated degree in Cancer Medicine. With a passion fueled by personal experiences, Wong is dedicated to breast cancer research. His journey reflects the power of inspiration and the pursuit of making a difference in the medical field.