A prize-giving ceremony was recently held by Resorts World Genting to conclude the ‘Malaysia Truly Asia’ art competition. The event was held for slow learners and physically disabled individuals which was part of the 1Malaysia Contemporary Art Tourism 2012 festival organized by the Ministry of Tourism. The competition was a huge success which saw 27 participants sending in a total of 54 paintings.
Datuk Kevin Sim, the executive vice-president of Genting Malaysia Berhad gave away the prizes where he said that there has been a growing interest in Malaysia for art by artists with disabilities and the event was part of their efforts to create more awareness among the public that among slow learners and people who are physically challenged, there are also many talented artists among them. Apart from that, the paintings too were very beautiful that showed that the participants too are able to produce art of great quality.
The competition was judged through a 3-man panel. According to Philip Wong, the founder of ArtSeni Gallery, the artworks that were submitted were of high standards and the judges had to ensure that they followed the theme of the competition. In total, 15 winners were selected who took home cash prizes, holiday packages as well as tickets to Genting Theme Park. The first prize went to the painting ‘Malaysia Satay’ by Varick Wong Wai Lik who took home RM8,000 while those who won the Consolation Prizes took home buffet lunch for 2 as well as 2 theme park tickets.