Republic Polytechnic Malay Cultural Group was the only polytechnic to qualify for the semi-finals at the “Pesta Pantun” competition held on 27 March 2010 at NUS Yusof Ishak House.
Pesta Pantun is an annual competition for post secondary schools, junior colleges, polytechnics, ITEs and madrasah students. During the competition, the students used pantun (Malay quatrains) to question and answer opposing teams. This competition creates a platform to appreciate the language of pantun, which was an integral part of daily conversation during the kampong days. This event helps to preserve the essence of the Malay tradition by exploring creative ways of communication using pantun in the current context.
Representing RP in this inaugural competition are Abdull Halim Abdul Rashid, Nur Amirah Saparman, Nurul Athirah Abdul Rahman and Muhammad Iswandi Suratman.
The team put up a good fight in the preliminary round against Yishun Junior College and National Junior College to secure a position in the semi-finals, where they faced stiff competition against defending champion teams from Madrasah Wak Tanjong and Anderson Junior College. These opposing teams proved worthy of their titles. The RP team came home with great compliments from the judges for their creativity and originality.
Great effort for the team’s relentless efforts in coming out of their comfort zone to try something new!
Words: Nurul Athirah Abdul Rahman Edited: Aliza Ramli, Malay Cultural Group Advisor