Selangor, 10 January 2016 – Lion-Parkson Tsinghua Calligraphy Competition 2016 was successfully organized by Lion-Parkson Foundation (LPF) together with Tsinghua University from Beijing, China and Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) at UTAR Campus in Bandar Sungai Long, Selangor today to promote Chinese art and culture, and calligraphy in Malaysia. The competition attracted more than 150 participants from across the country, from Kedah in the north to Johor in the south including nationals from Japan and China. The older participant was a 75 year old gentleman from Johor.


The competition was launched by Yang Berhormat Senator Dato’ Dr. Hou Kok Chung, Chairman of Institute of Strategic Analysis and Policy Research (INSAP), and Council Member of UTAR and TAR University College; witnessed by his wife, Yang Berbahagia Datin Lim Mooi Lang; Yang Berbahagia Puan Sri Chelsia Cheng, Chairman of Lion-Parkson Foundation; Yang Berbahagia Professor Dato' Dr Chuah Hean Teik, President/CEO of UTAR; Dr Chua Siew Kiat, Lion-Parkson Foundation Trustee; Professor Dr Ewe Hong Tat, Vice President - Internationalisation & Academic Development, UTAR; Dr Chong  Siou Wei, Dean of Insitute of Chinese Studies, UTAR; Professor Dr Lim Chooi Kwa, UTAR; Professor Zhao Lixin, Visiting Professor from Shandong Agricultural University; and Puan Sri Wendy Ong.


The competition has two categories i.e. for University/College Students (Malaysian students only), and the Public, aged 18 years and above as at 1 January 2016. The shortlisted pieces from the competition will be sent to Tsinghua University in Beijing for the final selection of winners. There will be 20 winners with 10 from each category; Champion, 4 Distinction and 5 Merit winners. The Champion in the Public category will receive RM2,000 cash, a prize and certificate, while the 4 Distinction winners will receive RM1,000 cash and a certificate each, and the 5 Merit winners will receive RM500 cash and a certificate each. For the University/College Students category, the Champion will receive a prize and certificate while the 4 Distinction and 5 Merit winners will each receive a certificate.


The top 5 winners from each category will be invited to attend a 4-day calligraphy workshop and awards presentation ceremony at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China in April this year. LPF will pay for all the expenses namely airfare, accommodation and meals for the top 5 student winners, while the top 5 winners in the Public category will pay for their airfare and accommodation, with meals provided by the Foundation.


For further information, please contact Ms Quah Le Ching, Corporate Communications Department at tel no. 03-21420155 ext 2505 or fax no. 03-21428409.