Instilling The Spirit of Unity In Diversity Among the Young With TANB 2017

Artwork by the participants on display.

KOTA KINABALU: Young Malaysians will learn to appreciate the country’s history, and our progress thus far, through their participation in the 3rd Art of Nation-Building Programme (TANB 2017).

Badil Zaman, Chairman of The Society Empowerment and Economic Development of Sabah (SEEDS) said art would give the artist the freedom to express one’s inner feelings, and the event is aimed at inculcating a sense of belonging among the students and instilling in them the spirit of unity in diversity.


“It also provides a platform for the students to express their appreciation and gratitude towards the country’s peace and stability through their creative work,” said Badil, ahead of the prize-presentation ceremony on Saturday.

The prize-presentation will be held at Suria Shopping Mall starting at noon.

The TANB, which started in 2015, is SEEDS’ flagship community engagement programme. SEEDS is a local non-governmental organisation.

Badil also said that TANB is not the work of one group alone but a combination of efforts by different NGOs in Sabah.

“This is something positive as NGOs are willing to work together in the pursuit of common values,” he said.

Dr Pamela Yong, the Organising Chairperson and SEEDS fellow in a statement explained that the TANB allowed the young people to “self-discover” the country’s unique cultural tapestry and rich history and to let them express this discovery “through artistic means”.


“This program allows the young custodians of our country to self-discover their country and express that discovery through artistic means. And through this self-discovery and artistic depiction of their understanding of Malaysia, they may find some enlightenment and perhaps a sense of belonging,” she said.

“The TANB is not just about the contestants unleashing their artistic skills, but rather also aimed at educating the young people on what is fictional and factual about the formation of Malaysia.

“For instance, some people refer to 1957 as the year Malaysia was born when the correct year should be 1963,” said Dr Pamela, in responding to the polemics over the country’s birth.

SEEDS together with the Sabah State Education Department, the Federation of Sabah Chinese Women Associations, the JCI Kota Kinabalu, and with the support of Universiti Teknologi MARA Sabah, the Young Malaysians Movement Tanjung Aru and Doodle Malaysia, jointly organised TANB 2017.

The first and second TANB were held in 2015 and 2016 respectively.

The TANB is aimed at cultivating a sense of nationhood and belonging, encouraging patriotism and instilling loyalty among the young people by creating awareness on national values and the diversity of Malaysian society.

With the theme “Hari Jadi Malaysia” and motto “Celebrating Diversity”, the TANB this year received 10033 artworks from schools and institutes of higher learning nationwide including 26 artworks from students with special needs from SMK Lundu, Kuching, Sarawak.

The TANB 2017 was held from July to September 2017, involving 119 primary schools, 101 secondary schools and 9 institutes of higher learning. This year’s TANB was open to colleges and university students.

Some 400 artworks were later selected and exhibited at high crowd turn over areas around Kota Kinabalu such as Suria Sabah Shopping Mall, Centre Point, Riverson, City Mall, and Kota Kinabalu International Airport.

The winners were determined based on the factual contents of their work, originality, creativity and their artwork synopsis. The winners were selected on a one-day judging basis, held on the 10th August, 2017.

The main feature of The TANB 2017 Prize Presentation will be the giving away of prizes to winners from the Upper Primary (Primary 4, 5 & 6), Lower Secondary (Form 1, 2, & 3), Upper Secondary (Form 4, 5 & 6) and institutions of higher learning (college/university). Trophies, certificates and prizes will also be given to the highest participating school.

The Organising Committee would like to express our deepest appreciation to all our sponsors and contributors who made this programme possible.

Special mention also to our venues sponsors and sponsors for the prize presentation ceremony, Suria Sabah Shopping Mall, Riverson Corporation Sdn Bhd, Malaysia Airports Sdn Bhd (KKIA), City Mall, Centre Point, Sharpie/Papermate and Kinabalu Events.