Press Release

PINTAR Foundation Concludes its PINTAR Action Song Programme 2016/17 with National Competition for 20 Primary Schools



KUALA LUMPUR, 18 March 2017 – The PINTAR Action Song National Final Competition saw a total of 20 primary schools from across the country showcased their talents and gave their best in their bid to become the grand winner.

The action song competition saw the 20 schools which were shortlisted from 74 schools that participated in the PINTAR Action Song Programme 2016/17, which was in in collaboration with the Performance Management & Delivery Unit (PEMANDU), coupled with the Education Performance and Delivery Unit (PADU) under the Ministry of Education.

The finalists were SK Kampong Pasir (Johor), SK LKTP Bukit Batu (Johor), SK Kompleks Sultan Abu Bakar (Johor), SK Seri Muda (Kedah), SJKC Tong Yuh (Kedah), SK Cherana Puteh (Melaka), SK Bachang (Melaka), SK Si Rusa (Negeri Sembilan), SK Senawang (Negeri Sembilan), SK Pengkalan Jaya (Penang), SK Kroh (Perak), SK Stella Maris (Sabah), SK Bau (Sarawak), SJKC Chung Hua Bau (Sarawak), SK Kampung Jepak (Sarawak), SK Sibu Jaya (Sarawak), SK Cyberjaya (Selangor), SK Jenderam (Selangor), SK Putrajaya Presint 8 (2) (Putrajaya), and SK Sungai Rawang (Selangor).

SK Senawang (Negeri Sembilan) were announced the grand prize winner and took home RM2,000 cash prize, a winning trophy and medals. The 1st runner up went to SK Kompleks Sultan Abu Bakar (Johor) who took home RM 1,500 cash prize, a winning trophy and medals while the 2nd runner up was SK Jenderam (Selangor) who received RM 1,000 cash prize, a winning trophy and medals. Consolation prize winners were SK Kampong Pasir (Johor), SK Seri Muda (Kedah), SK Cherana Puteh (Melaka), SK Stella Maris (Sabah), SK Kampung Jepak (Sarawak), SK Cyberjaya (Selangor), and SK Putrajaya Presint 8 (2) (Putrajaya) who each took home a RM500 cash prize. The best female performance won by Intan Farhanah binti Zainudin from SK Cherana Puteh (Melaka) and best male performance won by Mohd Erick Rayyan bin Sopian from SK Senawang (N. Sembilan).

Started in July 2016, the programme has reached out to more than 1,000 students and 150 teachers from 74 schools nationwide. The programme comprises training of teachers in Action Song components and culminated in the PINTAR Action Song Competition at the National Level. Among the programme’s objectives were to develop confidence and interest of students in the English language and providing them with an opportunity to engage with the language outside the classroom; develop skills integrating scripting of music and movement with language; and provide a platform for learning in a fun and enjoyable manner.

“PINTAR Foundation hopes that through this programme, the English language proficiency among the PINTAR school children will be improved, besides having positive impact on participating students’ confidence and self-development beyond the language proficiency,” said PINTAR Foundation Board of Trustees Chairman, Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Utama Arshad Ayub.

“The one-year PINTAR Action Song Programme had equipped a total of 150 teachers with necessary skills and knowledge to help them develop the confidence and interest of students in the English language and providing them with an opportunity to engage with the language outside the classroom. Against the backdrop of increasingly challenging global landscape, it is imperative that all parties, including the government, society at large, non-governmental organisations and private entities work hand-in-hand in this call to arms to ensure a brighter future for our children,” said Ministry of Education’s Education Operations Sector Deputy Director General Dato’ Haji Ahmad Tajudin Jab.

The action song competition was also sponsored by Tesco Stores (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd, Skypark Terminal Sdn Bhd dan Q Hotel.

“We believe in making a positive impact in the communities where we operate. As a corporate citizen, we have the responsibility to contribute back to the community in a sustainable way. By investing in the education of the children in our communities, we are investing in our future,” said Tesco Malaysia CEO, Paul Ritchie.

“Congratulations to the Performance Management & Delivery Unit (PEMANDU), the Education Performance and Delivery Unit (PADU) under the Ministry of Education, PINTAR Foundation and their partners on organising such an inspiring effort. SkyPark Terminal is proud to be a part of such an event as we share a mutual interest with the others, and that is to provide future generations with a platform to enhance and showcase their talents. To all participants, you are all winners in our eyes.” said Executive Director of SkyPark Terminal, Tan Sri Ravindran Menon.

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