Sabahans Showcase Their Talents In The Hotlink Starz Singing Competition


Sabahans above the age of 16 recently had the opportunity to showcase their singing talent for a chance to win cash and prizes by taking part in the Hotlink Starz singing competition on 28 September. The competition, which was held at Buhavan Square, Donggongon, attracted more than 80 Sabahans from around Penampang area in Kota Kinabalu, as well as from other parts of the state including Lahad Datu, Ranau, Sandakan, Tawau and Tambunan.

During the competition, participants were given the option to perform songs in English, Bahasa Melayu, Kadazan or Chinese in front of a panel of judges which comprised of popular local Sabahan artistes Abu Bakar Ellah, Nikki Palikat and Harold Hsieh. Thirty participants were chosen to advance to the finals, out of which the top 4 were selected to win cash prizes and trophies, while another 11 won consolation cash prizes worth RM100 each.

After entertaining the crowd with her rendition of the song 'Power of Love', Sophiana Abdullah from Lahad Datu was named the winner of the Hotlink Starz singing competition, and took home RM3,000 and a trophy. The runner-up was Abdul Hakim Bin Azizd, from Likas, who serenaded the crowd with Bruno Mars' song 'When I Was Your Man', taking home RM2,000 and a trophy. Third place went to Sitipah Binti Jahamin, from Ranau, who sang 'Luka Dilukai' and won RM1,000 and a trophy. The Best Performance went to Casey Lam Kong Yaw, from Kota Kinabalu, who performed a Chinese song. He took home RM500 and a trophy.

"Hotlink has always prided itself on being a fun and dynamic brand that's in tune with our customers. The Hotlink Starz competition is yet another fun and exciting way for us to engage with our customers here in Sabah, by giving them a platform to let their inner 'star' shine and for an opportunity to win cash and prizes. Importantly, it is a gesture of thanks to all the Sabahans for helping Hotlink become the fastest growing prepaid telco in Sabah. We're delighted that so many Sabahans from across the state came down to take part in this contest, and the positive response will further motivate us to introduce many more events and activities for the benefit of our customers," said Anthony Ho, Maxis' Head of Sabah region.

In addition to watching the participants showcase their singing talent during the event, Sabahans also had the opportunity to enjoy special #Hotlink promotions, games and activities, as well as colouring contest and other activities for children.

The Hotlink brand is strongly represented by its game-changing prepaid plan, #Hotlink, the only prepaid proposition which offers an 'always connected' internet experience with continuous free basic internet and high speed internet at just RM1 per day. In addition, customers in Sabah get to enjoy free calls to all Maxis or Hotlink numbers with #Hotlink. All they need to do is top up RM5, and immediately enjoy 25 minutes worth of free calls, and up to 100 minutes if they top up RM30 or more.

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