Besides being recorded as the largest cultural parade in the Malaysia Book of Records, another highlight of the iconic Ipoh Cultural Parade jointly organised by the Perak Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCCI) and Tourism Perak was its photography competition.
Open to members of the public, a photo exhibition was held after the parade from August 31 at the Symphony Suites Hotel before culminating in a prize-giving ceremony on September 4.
There were over 500 photos submitted by photographers from as far as the Philippines. Lin Kuw Ming from Selangor emerged first and walked away with RM3000 cash. Meanwhile, Perakeans Chai Yon Pin and Leong Chee Kong were placed second and third with a cash prize of RM2000 and RM1000 respectively. The top three were also awarded one night’s stay at The Haven and a certificate.
Kicked off with a 5-minute video montage of the recent parade, the ceremony also saw the presentation of prizes for 110 lucky draw winners in conjunction with the chamber’s 110-year milestone.
Present were Dato’ Dr Mah Hang Soon, the Executive Councillor for Health, Public Transport, Non-Islamic Affairs, National Integration and New Villages and Dato’ Liew Sew Yee, president of PCCCI.
“The Ipoh Cultural Parade has achieved its main objectives. One, promote ‘Branding Perak Towards Excellence’. Two, create a new platform for the various cultural associations to display culture from all races. Three, promote cooperation between public and private sectors. Four, preserve the best record of the event through photography competition. Five, we have achieved more than 1500 participants to gain entry into Malaysia Book of Records,” Dato’ Liew highlighted.
“The parade in July has been a huge success and made Perakeans proud. Receiving an overwhelming response from the people, it has made Ipoh and Perak great again. Many have requested, if possible, that we should host this kind of event at least once in every two years,” Dato’ Dr Mah enthused.