Intel Malaysia Celebrates Biggest Win

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Putrajaya (25 June 2014) – Intel Malaysia yesterday celebrated the triumphant return of Malaysian winners from the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair 2014. The event was held to mark Malaysia’s biggest win at the international competition since 1999; hauling in various awards with a combined value of USD10, 500.00.

Faye Jong-Sow Fei from Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Batu Lintang, Kuching, Sarawak received a First Award of US$3,000 in the Environmental Management Category for her project entitled ‘Bio-Waste Materials as Eco-Friendly Mordant in Fabric Dye Process’. She also won the Top Winner of the Best of Category with prizes consisting of US$5,000 cash and US$1,000 cash for her school and the affiliated fair she represents. In addition to that, Faye Jong walked away with an all-expense-paid trip to attend the European Union Contest for Young Scientists in Warsaw, Poland this August.

Nurul Najiha Binti Mohd Roslan and Nur Hanis Suriani Binti Mohd Zaini of Mara Junior Science College Terendak, Melaka were awarded a Third Place Award of US$1,000 for the Environmental Sciences Category and First Place Award of US$500.00 for the Special Award category from Drexel Smart House for their ‘New Discovery of Eco Plyfibre via Pineapple Leaf and Recyclable Plastic for Future Sustainability’.

Furthermore, Meor Zulhilmi Syahir Ahmad Shohailee from the Tun Syed Sheh Shahabudin Science Secondary Boarding School Pulau Pinang was given a Certificate of Honorable Mention from American Chemical Society for his chemistry project ‘Carbonized Pineapple Peel (CPP) Waste as Low Cost Adsorbent for Acid and Reactive Dyes Removal.’

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From left: Faye Jong-Sow Fei, Nurul Najiha Binti Mohd Roslan, Pn.Hanim Binti Abdul Wahab, Deputy Director I (Curriculum Development) from Majlis Amanah Rakyat (MARA), Y.Bhg. Dr Azian T.S. Abdullah, the Deputy Director of Policy, Science and Technology from the Ministry of Education, Nur Hanis Suriani Binti Mohd Zaini, Meor Zulhilmi Syahir Ahmad Shohailee and Abdul Rahman Abu Haniffa, Corporate Affairs Director, Intel SEA cutting the celebratory cake during the event.

“Intel truly believes that young minds are key to a successful nation, and with these brilliant minds in presence, we are definitely on the right path in creating a better future for the world,” said Abdul Rahman Abu Haniffa, Director, Corporate Affairs , Intel SEA. “These young scientists have made us all very proud and it is my hope that Malaysia will continue to produce exceptional talents like them.”

Amongst those also present at the event were guests of honour Y.Bhg. Dr Azian T.S. Abdullah, the Deputy Director of Policy, Science and Technology from the Ministry of Education representing the Director General of Ministry of Education, Pn.Hanim Binti Abdul Wahab, Deputy Director I (Curriculum Development) from Majlis Amanah Rakyat (MARA) representing the Director General of MARA and En. Kamaruzaman Bin Jaafar, Deputy Director II (Science), Secondary Education Division, MARA. .

The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) is the world’s largest pre-college and science fair and the only international science fair for students. The annual science fair was held from 11- 16 May 2014 in Los Angeles and was attended by 1,783 high school students from over 70 countries.

A full listing of finalists is available in the event program. The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair 2014 is funded jointly by Intel and the Intel Foundation with additional awards and support from dozens of other corporate, academic, governmental and science-focused organizations. This year, more than US$5 million was awarded.

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