Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Bernama Launches Green Technology Essay Writing Contest

KUALA LUMPUR, July 19 (Bernama) --The Malaysian National News Agency (Bernama) is launching an essay-writing contest on green technology and climate change from tomorrow to Sept 20 offering total prize money of RM8,500.

Bernama Domestic News Service Deputy Editor-In-Chief, Zulkefli Salleh said, in conjunction with public awareness promotion programmes on green technology and climatic changes, the contest was aimed at giving an avenue and opportunity to the people, especially the younger generation, to give their ideas and views on green technology.

"They have plenty of ideas and will inherit the nation and this earth. They should be given the chance to be heard by policymakers and industry.

"They are the ones who will bear the negative impact of global warming or climatic changes if green technology is not embraced and practiced," he said.

Zulkefli said the contest was also aimed at educating and encouraging the younger generation to think innovatively and to have an inclusive attitude in contributing their energy and thoughts towards a peaceful and prosperous nation and the world in general.

The title of the essay for the contest is 'Check Global Warming and Upgrade Energy Efficiency Through Green Technology'. The essays must be in Bahasa Malaysia and between 1,500 and 2,000 words.

The essay selected for the top prize of RM3,000 must be able to create awareness among readers the importance of green technology in contributing towards efforts to overcome global warming and boosting the efficiency of energy usage.

It must also be analytical in nature besides containing actual examples on the benefit of green technology and sound suggestions on how green technology can be popularised.

Zulkefli said the contest was open to all Malaysian citizens who are amateur writers aged above 21, including students in Malaysia and abroad. Professional writers are not entitled to take part.

He said the contest was part of the promotion programme by the Public Awareness Promotion Working Committee on Green Technology and Climate Change under the Green Technology and Climate Change Council chaired by the Prime Minister.

The committee is represented by various ministries, related departments and non-government organisations, headed by the Ministry of Information, Communication and Culture.

The other prizes awaiting the winners are RM2,000 for second place, RM1,000 for third place and five consolation prizes of RM500 each.

For more details on participation and conditions of contest, please visit or contact Bernama's Corporate Communications Division at 03-26962306/03-26962307 or E-mail to


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