KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 13 – Five secondary schools teams which participated in Yayasan PETRONAS’ Sentuhan Harapan-All About Youth 2019 (AAY 2019) programme have secured another opportunity to win RM30,000 in the competition’s Chairman’s Circle Award this December.

Yayasan PETRONAS, the CSR arm of PETRONAS, today announced the five teams that will develop the best environmental solution for potential commercialisation and become the ultimate winner of the Chairman’s Circle Award. 

The teams were selected from 50 schools involving 1,000 Form 2 and Form 4 students from Melaka, Johor, Terengganu, Sabah and Sarawak, based on their product design and viability as well as the promotion of their ideas via social media, to garner public votes.

The finalists must now develop a business plan over the next 10 weeks, based on their prototype, keeping to the theme “Reducing Carbon Emissions for a Better Future”. Yayasan PETRONAS CEO Lita Osman said AAY 2019 offers the opportunity for bright young talents to showcase innovative business plans for the benefit of society.

“Through AAY 2019, Yayasan PETRONAS hopes to provide students with creative, lateral thinking and collaborative skills to develop capabilities as future leaders. AAY also aims to spur social innovation and supports the Government’s 60:40 target ratio of STEM-Arts enrolment as well as the country’s aspiration to reduce carbon emissions,” she said.

AAY is supported by the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change.

All About Youth 2019 Chairman’s Circle Finalists and Project Description

Name of SchoolProject & Description
SM Imtiaz Yayasan Terengganu Kemaman, Terengganu
(winner of AAY 2019 National Finals)
CONSER is a detection and warning system that helps prevent the spread of forest fires, especially around Kijal. This invention detects increased levels of smoke and carbon emissions in the environment and sends out alerts to the local Fire Department via SMS.
SMK Tun Habab, JohorPELTZ is an alternative to conventional air conditioners as the device does not rely on chlorofluorocarbons (CFC) gasses but instead uses the ‘Pelting effect’ to cool surrounding areas, thereby reducing carbon emissions.
SMK Tebobon, SabahEco-Smart Classroom transforms an existing classroom with smart switches and device to minimise electricity consumption, thus reducing carbon emission levels.
SMK Riam, SarawakRiam Xplug is an alert device for people to unplug their gadgets and automatically shuts off the electricity after three minutes.
SMK Teja Putra, TerengganuKEMELAM is an environmentally-friendly paper developed from palm oil bunches.