Karnival Belia Peringkat Negeri Pulau Pinang 2010

Monday May 31, 2010

Fun activities ranging from musical items to exercises at Auto-City
kasturidewi@thestar.com.my Photos by ASRI ABDUL GHANI

TEN-year-old Mohd Luqman Mohd Ibrahim may look small but he races like a professional on his 50cc pocketbike.

The Year Four pupil’s motoring skills were the centre of attention at the pocketbike demonstration at the Youth Carnival held at Juru Auto-City, Penang, on Saturday.

The pupil from SK Permatang Buloh in Kepala Batas only began riding the machine in February this year.

Show of discipline: SMK (A) Nibong Tebal police cadet members performing an impressive 15-minute marching formation during the Youth Carnival at the Juru Auto-City, Penang.

His father Mohd Ibrahim Zainuddin, 35, said his son started training after getting his own pocketbike and safety gear.

“I used to bring him to the Auto-City on Tuesday and Friday nights where pocketbike demonstrations are held and I guess he picked up the interest after watching the riders,” he said.

“He asked me whether he could get his own bike and when I bought him one for about RM800, he started going for lessons,” he said.

Mohd Luqman said: “Although my ambition is to be a pilot, I enjoy pocketbike racing because of the thrill.”

Step up: A hip-hop dancer showing his moves on stage.

His younger brother Mohd Hakim, eight, who has just started training, will soon be joining his elder brother on the track.

The carnival themed ‘Youth Anti Crime’ was organised by the state government, state Youth Council and Auto-City in conjunction with the Youth Day on May 16.

Held since 2008, the carnival was launched by state Youth, Sports, Women, Family and Community Development Committee chairman Lydia Ong Kok Fooi.

Also present was Seberang Jaya assemblyman Datuk Arif Shah Omar Shah.

Some 15,000 people turned up for the carnival which also featured attractions such as paintball target shooting, hip-hop dancing, band performances, street soccer contest, photography contest, sepak raga, senamrobik, karaoke, street dance performance and shuffling.

There was also poetry reading and traditional dance performances.

Exhibition booths set up by the police, state Youth Council and the Gabungan Belia Bersatu Malaysia also attracted visitors.

SMK (A) Nibong Tebal, which has been holding the police cadet marching pass championship title for the past 10 years, performed an impressive 15-minute marching formation.

There was also a first aid demonstration by St John’s Ambulance members.

Heavy rain which began at about 8pm did not deter visitors from turning up at the carnival.

Ong and Arif Shah later gave away prizes to winners of the contests.

Nyot Nyot FC won the street soccer contest with Taman Mangga B FC and Taman Mangga A FC coming in second and third respectively.

The teams received RM200, RM150 and RM100 with certificates respectively.

The sepak raga contest was won by the Junjung team for balancing the sepak raga ball 1,172 times followed by Belah Dua team (459 times) and Marco Polo team (362 times).

The teams won RM100, RM70 and RM50 respectively.

Edwin Toolseram walked away RM300 richer after winning the photography contest with his entry while Mohd Kamil Makson won RM200 and Foong Yeu Fai won RM100.

The contest was themed ‘Senyuman’ (Smile).

The colouring contest saw Tan Tze Yee, Nur Athirah Nazwa M. Radzi and Siti Norayaqila Mohd Naquib winning the category for those aged nine and 10.

They each won a colouring set, an online education portal membership worth RM300 and certificate.

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