Ms Siti Fathiah Binti Abd Ghani from Kuala Lumpur won the national title with her speech ‘Warm Touch in Japan’, while the second place went to Mr Khit Kar Hong from Ipoh, with his speech ‘Ways to Improve Japanese Language’ at the 25th Japanese Speech Contest for Open Category (National level) held on Sunday August 16, 2009 at the Japan Club Kuala Lumpur. They were among the ten winners from the Kuala Lumpur Preliminary, Penang Preliminary and Ipoh Preliminary competing for the national title.
Both winners will represent Malaysia at the 24th Annual Speech Contest Program held in Tokyo from Oct 18-25, 2009, courtesy of the Japan Overseas Enterprises Association and Japan Airlines International Co., Ltd.
Panasonic (M) Sdn Bhd, Kokuyo International (M) Sdn Bhd and Kinokuniya Book Stores (M) Sdn Bhd also provided attractive prizes in recognition of the effort and talent of the contestants.
The panel of judges was headed by His Excellency Mr HORIE Masahiko, the Ambassador of Japan to Malaysia who commented that this has been a very tough task for the judges as the contestants were equally good. Other judges include Mr KAWAI Shingo (Japan Airlines), Mr IWAKUMA Hironari (Japan Club Kuala Lumpur), Mr MATSUNOBU Yosuke (JACTIM), Ms SUGIYAMA Junko (AAJ, UM) and Mr Michael Kum Koo Ji (JAGAM).
There was also a fashion show and a mini talk on the Japanese Kimono by Mrs NAKATOGAWA Shizuko who has more than 30 years experience making kimono.
This speech contest is made possible by the generosity of the above sponsors and JFKL remains deeply grateful for their continuous support. In addition, JFKL would also like to thank the Embassy of Japan in Malaysia, the Japanese Chamber of Trade & Industry, Malaysia (JACTIM) and the Japan Club of Kuala Lumpur for co-organizing this meaningful annual event. Not forgetting the kind cooperation from the members of JAGAM and ALEPS.