Most Articles Completed award at Wikipedia Editathon

A team of five students from UTAR won the “Most Articles Completed” award at the Facts for Democracy: A Wikipedia Editathon for Youth Democratic Engagement, held from 16 until 18 June 2023 at Melia Hotel, Kuala Lumpur. They walked away with a trophy and a certificate of participation each.

The team consisted of M. Kandiah Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences students Nurul Jannah Ong and Siti Nur Hikmah binti Satar, and Lee Kong Chian Faculty of Engineering and Science students Loke Edi Son, Shu Yi Siong and Damon Lim Ching Ann.

The participants were required to translate Wikipedia content from English to Bahasa Melayu. The Editathon saw the publications of nearly 300 articles in Bahasa Malaysia of which 97 were originally written and not translated from English.

Feeling grateful, the team said, “We gained a lot of experience during the competition. Throughout the three days, we were able to establish a good rapport with other university students of various backgrounds; it enabled us to gain insight into our country’s democracy from another perspective. The strategy of our team was to utilise modern technology to its fullest potential in order to produce a good number of articles. All in all, we encourage more UTAR students to engage in activities promoted by the Department of Students Affairs to hone their soft skills.”

The Editathon aimed to encourage students to produce original democracy-related content in Bahasa Melayu on Wikipedia. Organised by The Delegation of the European Union to Malaysia in collaboration with the Embassy of Sweden in Kuala Lumpur, the 24-hour Editathon saw the participation of 65 students from various renowned higher education institutions across Malaysia.

From left: Shu, Damon Lim, Loke, Nurul and Siti with their trophy and certificates

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