Kolej Poli-Tech MARA (MARA Polytechnic College) organised its first ever choir competition at the RTM Perak Auditorium, Ipoh. The one-day contest was held on Saturday, October 1. Teams from eight colleges vied for the honour of being the winner of this inaugural singing competition.

The competing teams hailed from colleges based in Ipoh, Kuantan, Alor Setar, Gua Musang, Kota Bharu, Batu Pahat, Kuala Lumpur and Bangi.

The presentation theme was on patriotism in tandem with the recently-concluded 59th Merdeka Day celebration.

Polytechnic College Kota Bharu was adjudged the winner with their catchy rendition of the popular martial song, “Inilah Barisan Kita”. The team won RM1000. Kuala Lumpur took second spot winning RM700 while Bangi, third, taking home RM300. The remaining teams were awarded consolation prizes for their choral efforts.

Apart from winning cash, plaques and certificates, the Kota Bharu team was given the honour of performing at the combined MARA Polytechnic College convocation in Putrajaya in November.

The winners did an encore soon after the announcement of the results. They did not disappoint the 200-odd audience consisting mainly of college students. The 20-strong team took over a month perfecting their delivery technique and singing in unison under the stewardship of Engku Farhani Ismail, the conductor and trainer.

“None of us expected to win as the rest were far better than us. However, during our performance everything fell into place. We sang harmoniously as a team should,” said Engku Farhani to Ipoh Echo.

Khaleeja Suhaimi