The Role of Youth in Creating a Peaceful and Harmonious Malaysia.


Youth are leaders of tomorrow, they say. This saying might have some significance but if tweaked to “youth are leaders of today” it will give a greater meaning and impact because all that matters now is today. Not tomorrow. Today affects tomorrow.

The prevalence of poor leadership is seen through various factors that cause a nation to implode. Different generations have come and passed. The call ‘to empower youth to be leaders of tomorrow’ has been nothing more than a resonance reverberating around classrooms and offices of lawmakers.

The time to harness different talents and abilities within a shared value system starts at schools. One way to tackle this conundrum is to encourage students into understanding the true context of Malaysia, its history and why acting now is essential for nation-building.

Students today will inevitably inherit this country when current leaders slowly move to take the backseats. Now is the time for students to stand up, be noticed and voice out their vision for the country with bright new ideas.

This essay writing competition is a step in the right direction for students to conspicuously articulate their ideas and ideals for how a nation should move forward.

If these appeal to you, we want to hear from you.


This competition offers Malaysian secondary school students an opportunity to showcase their English language essay writing skills. Our aim is to encourage Malaysian secondary school students to be interested in social and community issues and to express their thoughts through the art of essay writing using the English language.

In celebration of the 62nd Merdeka Day as well as UCSI University's and Public Bank's support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, we encourage students to observe, reflect and write on the role of youth in nation building.


  • Participant must be a Malaysian secondary school student sitting for SPM/ STPM/ O-Level/A-Level/ UEC examinations in 2019.
  • The length of essay must be between 1,000 and 1,500 words.
  • The submission must be an original piece of work and well-written in English.
  • The submission must be from a single author.
  • The essay must be inspiring and have a persuasive call to action on issues discussed.
  • The essay must be typed in Times New Roman; 12 point, justified, 1.5 between lines, 2.0 between paragraphs.
  • All entries must be submitted through the online portal:


First Prize

RM 1,000

RM10,000 tuition fee waiver*

Trophy & a Certificate of Achievement

Second Prize

RM 800

RM8,000 tuition fee waiver*

Trophy & a Certificate of Achievement

Third Prize

RM 500

RM5,000 tuition fee waiver*

Trophy & a Certificate of Achievement

Consolation Prize (2)

RM 300

RM3,000 tuition fee waiver*

Trophy & a Certificate of Achievement

* Terms and Conditions apply


Opening Date for Entries:

May 1, 2019

Closing Date for Entries:

August 30, 2019

Presentation of Awards:

September 24, 2019



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