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M'sians Performed Well On First Day Of ASEAN Skills Competition
Bernama Online(AM): 24/09/2016

SERDANG, Sept 24 (Bernama) -- Brimming with confidence and focusing on their goal to become champions, 50 Malaysian participants, currently competing at the ASEAN Skills Competition (ASC) 2016, performed well on the first day of the competition.

Department of Skills Development Deputy Director Dr Ghalip Spahat said despite being quite nervous, they were confident in carrying out their tasks and modules which included endurance and competency tests based on the physical and mental.

"Our Malaysian team is well prepared due to the intensive physical and mental training they underwent prior to the competition.

"The experts and coaches will constantly revise with them on what they need to do for the modules so that we will perform the best among ASEAN countries," he told reporters when met at the ASC 2016, which is being held at the Malaysia Agro Exposition Park Serdang (Maeps) here Saturday.

The participants aged 25 and below were among the 276 ASEAN contestants who demonstrated technical abilities both individually and collectively to execute specific tasks for which they studied and/or performed at their workplace in the future.

The six-day event, beginning Friday, saw Malaysian participants contesting in 25 skills categories including automobile, aircraft maintenance, welding, cooking, cabinet making, electronics, hairstyling and fashion technology.

According to Ghalip, the skills competition which begun at 8.30am and ended at 5pm saw participants completing modules and answering questions prepared by a group of experts.

"Then, from 6pm to 11pm, ASEAN experts will evaluate and assess the potential of each participant based on the modules and questions, and post the marks on the Competition Information System (CIS).

"We will be able to monitor the marks and performances via CIS which is made available online by midnight," he explained.

Asked what the plan was for the Malaysian team after 5pm, he said: "We will gather them for a post-mortem and allow them to express their anxiety and feelings.

"Then, the coaches will guide and explain the mistakes made by them. After dinner and prayer at a hotel, the participant will revise and prepare for Day 2 and 3 of the competition.

"Day 2 will be tougher than today and Day 3 will test the competency and understanding level of 'surprise modules and questions.

"So, the best of the best in the ASEAN region will represent Malaysia at the World Skills Competition in Abu Dhabi next year," said Ghalip, adding that participants were given motivation daily so that they did not get panic attack during the competition.

Based on input by experts, he said the Malaysian team made few mistakes due to nervousness and the crowding visitors at the venue which distracted the concentration of participants.

On the first day, Ghalip said 30,000 visitors visited the skills competition held concurrently, with the National Skills Exposition and Carnival (KEKK) from Sept 19 to 28.

Themed 'Skills For A Brighter Future, the skills competition and Carnival KEKK are expected to attract 100,000 visitors.