Places Of Interest In Malaysia Essay Competition



In celebration of the Malaysia Competition Commission’s (MyCC) 7th Anniversary, the MyCC will be holding its first ever Essay Writing Competition with the theme of #bebaskartel. 

This year’s theme of #bebaskartel seeks to promote awareness and to seek writing talents among the young writers from various institutions of higher learning in Malaysia.

The topics for the Competition have been carefully crafted with the aim of addressing current challenges faced by the MyCC in the context of Malaysia. 


1st Prize:RM 1,000.00
2nd Prize:RM 800.00
3rd Prize:RM 600.00
4th Consolation Prize:RM 200.00
5th Consolation Prize:RM 200.00

*subject to terms and/or conditions that may be imposed by organiser.

“Certificate of Participation” will be given to all participants

How to Make Payment

Payment can be made via Online Bank Transfer or Cash Deposit Machine. The details are as follow:

Bank Name:CIMB Bank
Account Number:8000905116

Deadline: 16th March 2018

Quick FAQs

Q1.Who may enter the Competition

This Competition is open to all full-time undergraduate students, excluding post-graduate students, enrolled in either Law, Business or Economics in any polytechnics, university colleges, public or private universities in Malaysia. A registration fee of RM20.00 will be imposed for every entry.

For every entry, each participant or a group of maximumTHREE (3)participants must choose only ONE (1) topic from the 10 topics listed in English and Bahasa Malaysia.

Q2. How to submit the essay

The essay must be submitted in two (2) formats (PDF and Microsoft Word) via the MyCC’s website with receipt of payment as proof of registration.

Q3.About the deadline

The deadline time and date are on or before11.59 p.m., 16th March 2018.

Q4.Ownership of Intellectual Property (the essay)

By participating in this Competition, each participant grants the MyCC sole absolute, unequivocal and irrevocable ownership and/or intellectual property right over the essay and contents thereto.

Winning entries may be published by the MyCC in any of its publications, subject to the usual editorial procedures.

(Refer to the Terms and Conditions of the Competition)

Q5.Announcement of winners

The essay winners will be contacted via personal notification via e-mail and/or telephone.

Q6. Term and Conditions

By participating, you are agreeing to be bound by the Terms and Conditions of this Competition which can be downloaded via this link Terms and Conditions: Click Here

Q7. Payment and Submission Guide

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Q8. Further Queries

Any further query can be forwarded to us via email at [email protected].

Competition Topics

Please choose only ONEfrom the 10 topics listed in English and Bahasa Malaysia below.

Topics: In English

1. According to SME Corp., Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) currently account for 97% of businesses in Malaysia and up to 36% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Given the significance of SMEs to the Malaysian economy, what are the benefits that Competition Law can provide to SMEs and how can these benefits be ultimately passed on the Malaysian consumer?
2.There are currently 68,000 Government Linked Companies (GLCs) in Malaysia which make up about 42% of the local share market. With such a large number of GLCs in the market, what steps should be taken by them to ensure that they contribute to the nation’s economy while at the same time adhering to the Competition Act 2010?
3.According to the Organization of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), public procurement currently accounts for approximately 15% to 20% of any country’s GDP and involves the procurement of goods and services with crucial economic significance.

Given the importance of public procurement, please state why it is pertinent for government ministries and agencies to work hand in hand with the Malaysia Competition Commission to eradicate bid rigging?

4.In Malaysia, many companies hold a dominant position in their respective markets due to concessions given to them by the Government. These companies are considered to be national economic champions and are entrusted by the Government to not only seek profit but also to advance the interests of the nation. How does Competition Law help these dominant players in carrying out their roles as entrusted by the Government?
5.In line with the relevant regulations, many professional bodies in Malaysia such as the Bar Council, the Board of Engineering Malaysia and the Board of Architects Malaysia, among others, currently employ professional scale fees which their members are bound to follow.

In light of Competition Law, should the professional bodies in Malaysia be allowed to continue to impose professional scale fees in Malaysia or should scale fees for professional services be decided entirely by market forces and not by the professional bodies’ respective regulations?

Topik: Dalam Bahasa Malaysia

6.Menurut pihak SME Corp., Perusahaan Kecil dan Sederhana (PKS) pada masa kini merangkumi sebanyak 97% perniagaan di Malaysia dan menyumbang sebanyak 36% dari Keluaran Dalam Negara Kasar (KDNK) Malaysia. Dengan kepentingan PKS kepada ekonomi Malaysia, apakah faedah yang boleh diberikan oleh Undang-Undang Persaingan kepada PKS dan bagaimana faedah-faedah tersebut boleh disalurkan kepada pengguna Malaysia?
7.Terdapat sebanyak 68,000 Syarikat Berkaitan Kerajaan (GLCs) di Malaysia yang membentuk kira-kira 42% daripada pasaran saham tempatan. Berikutan bilangan GLCs yang besar di pasaran, apakah langkah-langkah yang perlu diambil dalam memberi sumbangan kepada ekonomi negara dan pada masa yang sama mematuhi Akta Persaingan 2010?
8.Menurut pihak Organization of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), perolehan awam membentuk kira-kira 15% sehingga 20% daripada KDNK mana- mana negara dan melibatkan perolehan barangan dan perkhidmatan yang mempunyai kepentingan ekonomi tinggi.

Dengan mengambilkira kepentingan perolehan awam, sila nyatakan mengapa ia penting bagi pihak Kementerian dan agensi Kerajaan untuk bekerjasama dengan Suruhanjaya Persaingan Malaysia untuk menangani tipuan bida.

9.Di Malaysia, banyak syarikat yang mempunyai kedudukan dominan di pasaran masing-masing kerana konsesi yang diberikan kepada mereka oleh pihak Kerajaan. Syarikat-syarikat ini dianggap sebagai national economic champion dan diamanahkan oleh pihak Kerajaan untuk bukan sahaja mencari keuntungan malah juga untuk memajukan kepentingan negara.

Bagaimanakah Undang-Undang Persaingan membantu para pemain yang dominan dalam melaksanakan peranan mereka seperti yang diamanahkan oleh pihak Kerajaan?

10. Menurut undang-undang yang berkaitan, banyak badan profesional di Malaysia seperti Majlis Peguam, Lembaga Jurutera Malaysia dan Lembaga Arkitek Malaysia menetapkan skala fi profesional mereka yang mana ahli mereka terikat untuk mengikutinya.

Dengan mengambilkira kehendak Undang-Undang Persaingan, patutkah badan-badan profesional di Malaysia dibenarkan untuk terus mengenakan skala fi profesional atau patutkah skala fi bagi perkhidmatan profesional ditentukan secara sepenuhnya oleh kuasa pasaran dan bukannya oleh undang-undang mereka?

Deadline: 16 March 2018

The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition is the world’s oldest schools’ international writing competition, managed by The Royal Commonwealth Society since 1883. Every year, it offers all Commonwealth youth aged 18 and under the opportunity to express their hopes for the future, opinions of the present, and thoughts on the past, through the written word. The competition is used by individuals and teachers to build confidence, develop writing skills, support creativity and encourage critical thinking, using literacy to empower young people to become global citizens.

All entrants receive a Certificate of Participation and one Winner and Runner-up from both the Senior and Junior categories will be invited to attend Winners' Week in London. Past winners include author Elspeth Huxley, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Mei Fong, and the Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Hsien Loong.

Towards a Common Future

Building upon the 2017 theme of 'A Commonwealth for Peace', this year’s theme 'Towards a Common Future' and its topicsask young writers to explore how the Commonwealth can address global challenges and work to create a better future for all citizens through sub-themes of sustainability, safety, prosperity and fairness, in line with the theme of the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London.

Download the 2018 Flyer

Senior Category
Born between 2nd June 1999 and 31st May 2004 (14-18 years of age)

  1. The road to a safer future.
  2. How does education contribute to a fairer future? 
  3. ‘Healthy, Wealthy, Happy, and Free’: is one more important than the others?
  4. Future generations have rights too, which must be defended. Discuss. 

Junior Category
Born after 31st May 2004 (under 14 years of age)

  1. What does a 'safer future' mean to you and your community? 
  2. Write a recipe for a common future: what ingredients will you need? What is the best method for making it? What will it look like?
  3. ‘A Day in the Life’. Imagine you are your country’s Head of Government for the day: how will you build a better future for young people?
  4. Our Common Earth.

Judges described entries to the competition in 2017 as ‘emotive’ ‘hauntingly assuring’ ’striking’ and as having ‘powerful narratives’, that ‘this letter should be read by everyone’. We expect a similiarly high calibre of writing for 2018.

The competition is open to all citizens and residents of the Commonwealth aged 18 and under until 1 June 2018. All entrants receive a Certificate of Participation and one Winner and Runner-up from the Senior and Junior categories will win a trip to London for a week-long series of educational and cultural events. For more information about the competition, please visit Terms and Conditions and Frequently Asked Questions.

Don’t forget to stay in touch with the RCS by signing up to our newsletter.

History of the Essay Competition

The RCS has a rich history of nurturing the creative talents of young people around the Commonwealth. We endeavour to promote literacy, expression and creativity among young people by celebrating excellence and imagination. Run by the RCS since 1883, this international schools’ writing contest – the world's oldest – is a highly regarded and popular international education project.

In 2015, the contest was renamed ‘The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition’, in honour of HM Queen Elizabeth II’s role as both Head of the Commonwealth and Patron of the Royal Commonwealth Society.

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