Resorts World Genting recently joined forces with Malaysia’s leading English daily The Star to band together to propel  our childen’s English language literacy to greater heights. The Star’s Newspaper-in-Education programme (NiE) was joined by 7000 students throughout Malaysia who submitted their entries to vie for the grand prize.

This year, students joined the Star Flicks contest in teams of four and were given the task of crafting a movie poster based on an issue they found in the newspaper. They then prepared a short movie plot based on the article and prepare insights of why Malaysians should take heed in resolving the issue.


Ms Esther Ng, Chief Content Officer of Star Media Group opened the ceremony by presenting a speech saying, “This contest serves as an outlet of creative expression for young people. The views of the young ones are important as decision makers set out to create a better future for them. She also thanked Genting Malaysia Berhad as ‘the company’s passion for education is a testament to their commitment towards nation building’.


To kick things off, the audience were treated to a fantastic choral speaking presentation by SMK Jalan Bukit Kajang titled Who We Are. The team were winners of the 2018 Choral Speaking Competition held by the Malaysian Competition Comission. They stressed the importance of staying true to our Malaysian roots and to not change our identities due to Western influences.


The students during a humorous part of the performance


The students put in their all for a lively performance


After submitting their creative movie posters, the five finalists were required to present their presentations to the judges. The students went all out for their presentation, even to the extent of wearing costumes and performing skits. They touched on topics ranging from sexual harassment to drug abuse and came up with interesting characters for their ‘movies’.


Team Created To Create from Chong Hwa Independent High School, Kuala Lumpur  created a fantastic poster and and actual movie trailer to boot for their presentation. Titled ‘Miracle’ the poster was on a story of a woman who was migrating from Libya to Italy and gave birth on the ship.


Team Banana Studio from Kolej Tingkatan Enam Desa Mahkota, Kuala Lumpur added comedy to their presentation using bananas. They showed creativity in using a story about dirty eateries in Kuala Lumpur and invented a character called ‘Pisang Man’.


Team 3RIT from Kolej Tingkatan Enam Sri Istana, Klang Selangor went for a touching story of a granddaughter who fulfilled her grandfather’s wish of seeing her getting married as her grandfather was in poor health.


Team #MeFour from SMK Seri Bintang Utara highlighted a taboo topic in Malaysia: the prevalence of sexual harassment. Their project titled ‘The Bare Trap’ earned them the first runner-up prize.


The Smarties from SMK Sungai Kapar Indah brought attention to a headline on a man who killed three people due to drug abuse. They also touched on the topic of mental health.


The audience then took part in a fun pop quiz where winners stood the chance to win tickets to the upcoming Skytropolis Amusement Park.


Left to right: Sharon Ovinis of The Star and judges Katherine Chew, Vice President of Resort Communications and Public Relations, Genting Malaysia Berhad; Mr Errol Oh, Executive Editor of Star Media Group and Puan Nadhirah Azman, Assistant Director of the Division of Arts and Co-Curricular Ministry of Education.

The movie posters made up for 50% of the marks with the criteria based on: visual of movie poster, movie title & tagline, relatability and overall appearance of movie poster, summary of plot & message of the movie and writing skills in summary of plot. The other 50% of the marks from the presentation took into consideration the introduction, body, delivery of speech, creativity and a Q&A session. The students displayed their various talent and creativity in creating the posters and the judges definitely had a hard time picking the best of the lot after much deliberation.

The judge representing The Star was Mr. Errol Oh, an Executive Editor who has won numerous awards for his articles including the Corporate Governance Journalist of the Year Award 2013. Katherine Chew, Vice President of Resort Communications & Public Relations represented Resorts World Genting for the second year running as a judge as a part of the company’s aim to help ambitious students.  Puan Nadhirah Azman, Assistant Director lent support on behalf of the Division of Arts and Co-Curricular Ministry of Education to play their part in encouraging creativity amongst students.


The first runner-ups won a 3 Days 2 Nights stay at Resorts World Genting and a Samsung Tab each.


Finally, after months of hard work, it was time to announce the winners!

All the five finalists walked away with smiles on their faces with the lucrative prizes offered including cash prizes worth RM500 per team member. The second runner up received a 3 Days 2 Nights stay at Resorts World Genting whilst the first runner-up received a 3 Days 2 Nights stay at Resorts World Genting and a Samsung Tab each. The Grand Prize winners were the envy of the onlookers as they walked away with a 6 Days 4 Nights Trip to South Korea.


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