Recycle, create, win: MBKS’ Paper Mache Cat contest celebrating White Cat Day, city anniversary to run from June 19-July 8

Wee (right) holds a sample of a paper mache cat following a press conference held at the MBKS building in Kuching on June 19, 2024. Also seen on the left is Mok.

By Ashley Sim

KUCHING, June 19: In a vibrant celebration of White Cat Day and the 36th anniversary of Kuching City Day, the Kuching South City Council (MBKS) has launched an exciting Paper Mache Cat competition, inviting the community to showcase their artistic talents using recycled materials.

According to MBKS mayor Dato Wee Hong Seng, the competition is open to the general public as well as all primary and secondary school students within the council’s jurisdiction, offering a creative and engaging platform for young artists to showcase their talents.


“The competition features two categories: Primary School (ages 6 to 12) and Secondary School (ages 13 to 17), with each participant allowed to submit only one entry.

“The competition begins today, June 19, and runs until July 8, 2024. Application forms can be obtained from MBKS’s Security Counter or downloaded from MBKS’s official website at,” Wee told reporters during a press conference held today at the MBKS building here.

The mayor further highlighted that participants must create a paper mache cat out of only recycled paper.

He went on to say that the paper mache cat, along with a completed application form and a brief description of the sculpture, should be submitted to the 3rd Floor, PRCD Unit at MBKS by Monday, July 8, at or before 4pm.

“The paper mache cat must be made entirely of recycled papers, with no other materials used. The paper mache cat can either be painted or unpainted.

“The paper mache cat should not exceed the following dimensions: height 30 cm, length 20 cm, and width 20 cm. The paper mache cat should be an original creation and not previously submitted in any other competitions.

“Entries will be judged based on creativity, originality, craftsmanship, and adherence to the recycled papers-only material requirement. The decision of the judging panel is final, and no correspondence will be entered into,” he added.

The prizes for the competition in the primary and secondary category include a first prize of RM1,000, second prize of RM700, third prize of RM300, seven consolation prizes of RM100 each and a special award of RM500.

Additionally, a special award will be given to the school with the highest number of participants.

“We encourage all eligible students and the general public to participate and demonstrate their creativity while contributing to a sustainable environment through the use of recycled materials.

“This competition not only celebrates our city and its unique cultural symbol, but it fosters environmental awareness and artistic expression among youth,” Wee noted.

For more details, participants can contact Ting Tiew Lik at 010-9223705.

Also present at the press conference was MBKS councillor Mok Chuang Ping. — DayakDaily