Two young Malaysian children with innovative ideas were selected for awards out of 830,000 entries received from 79 countries for the 11th Toyota Dream Car Art Global Contest that was held in Japan. The two Malaysian winners who were finalists in the annual world contest were Choo Han Yean and Lim Viao Yun.
Miss Lim, 11, who won the Silver Award, created her dream car art under the theme ‘My Save Our Earth Dream Car’ which aimed at protecting the earth from harmful ultraviolet radiation from the sun. “Without the protection of the ozone layer, biodiverse life will not be possible on earth but my dream car will protect the ozone belt. Our earth also faces other threats, but my dream car with its futuristic technology will divert meteorites and waste material falling off from the sky,” she explained.
6-year old Choo Han Yean’s ‘Aromatic Garbage Car’ received an Encouragement Award for the clever idea presented.
Malaysian children have also won awards in previous contests; in the 2013 edition, one of them even won a special award from the Toyota President.
Possibly the world’s largest art contest today, the Toyota Dream Car Art contest was first introduced in 2004 to give children around the world the opportunity to feel the importance of having a dream and an occasion to develop their interest in cars. The artworks submitted were highly regarded by the panel of judges and the winning selections were made under the guidance of Akio Toyoda, President of Toyota Motor Corporation.
“The young mind is a fertile workshop for new creative ideas. The Toyota Dream Car Art Contest promotes the engagement of the innovative minds. This year saw many keen participants and we are extremely proud that young Malaysians are very talented and futuristic in their thoughts,” said Ravindran K., President of UMW Toyota Motor, who sent congratulations to the two winners after they received their awards in Japan.
The Dream Car Art Contest 2018 will be introduced soon and interested participants should look out for the announcement via UMW Toyota Motor’s website and Facebook page in early November 2017.