Malaysia wins four gold medals at International Invention Exhibition
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia won four gold medals at the International Youth Invention Exhibition (IYIE) 2012 held at Far East University in Taiwan from Feb 10 to 13.
According to a Ministry of Education statement today, the 10 countries which took part in the competition included Japan, South Korea, China, Hong Kong, Canada, Australia, Vietnam and Malaysia.
"Malaysia sent seven students accompanied by three teachers to the competition. The schools involved were Sekolah Menengah Sains Sultan Muhamad Jiwa (SMSSMJ), Kedah; Sekolah Menengah Sains Tuanku Syed Putra(SMSTSP), Perlis and Sekolah Berasrama Penuh Integrasi (SBPI) Tun Abdul Razak, Pahang.
The competition which attracted 1,272 entries saw only 300 products selected to the final round," the statement said.
According to the statement, the results of the final round saw SMS Tuanku Syed Putra, Perlis winning the gold medal and a special award from the Hong Kong Innovation Association for a project on 'E-Starch Food Container' represented by Ahmad Irfan Che Mohd Ruzaidi.
"Two students from SMS Sultan Muhamad Jiwa, Kedah namely Fakhri Fitri Mohammad Nawawi and Muhammad Nur Farez Abdul Ghani Kanesan received the gold medal and a special prize for their 'Potential Local Medicinal Herbs as Analgesics Substitute for Morphine to Alleviate Pain' project.
"For SBPI Tun Abdul Razak, Pahang, the school managed to win gold in its research on 'From Waste To Wealth: Sustainable Paper From Waste Saccharum Officinarum' undertaken by Nurul Nadiatul Shamimi Rusli and Nur Adeena Abdullah while another project 'From Waste To Wealth: Parbo From Biomass Waste Of Palm Oil by Muhammad Khairi Ramli and Muhammad Hisyammuddin Abdul Rahman also the gold medal," according to the statement.
Meanwhile, in another statement, the ministry said Malaysia was placed 13th out of 48 teams in the World Schools Debating Championships 2012 (WSDC) in Cape Town, South Africa last month.
According to the statement, the Malaysian delegation comprised six students: Abdurrazzaq Hazrin Fazail (Sekolah Dato Abdul Razak), Ilmira Murni Mohd Hareeff (Kolej Tunku Kurshiah), Muhamad Faisal Khairol Anuar (Sekolah Sultan Alam Shah), Kelviin Manuel Pillay (Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Sri Permata), Aaron Luke (Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Damansara Utama) and Ong Ee Fen (Sekolah Sri KDU).
"The result was a marked improvement as we were placed in 36th position in an earlier outing. National debater Aaron Luke baggged the 10th best speaker award while Abdurrazzaq Hazrin Fazail took the 11th spot in the Top 20 English as a Second Language Speakers category.
"For the first time, Malaysia entered the final round making Malaysia one of the best debating teams in the world. Malaysia also came out as the second best team in the category of English as a second language," according to the statement.
The statement added that in the competition, Malaysia succeeded in defeating countries such as Australia which had won the WSDC championship several times. -- BERNAMA