History made as 600 students and their JCI Malaysia mentors spray paint 1,676m graffiti scroll

Aug 1, 2011

Sibu graffiti banner world’s longest, Guiness confirms

by Conny Banji reporters@theborneopost.com. Posted on August 1, 2011, Monday

MOMENT OF TRUTH: Subasi-Gemici (standing second right) measures the length of the scroll.

SIBU:The world’s new record for the ‘Longest Graffiti Scroll’ was created at the Old Airport Road here yesterday.  

Guiness World Records adjudicator Seyda Subasi-Gemici declared the graffiti-painted banner measuring 1.5 metres wide and 1.676 kilometres long as the longest in the world presently.

She said it broke the old record of 1.463km held by Brazil that was created by Danone (Argentina) employees on March 3 this year.

The Guiness acknowledgement certificate was presented to Second Finance Minister and Minister of Environment and Public Health Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh.

Also present at the event were UN Malaysia Unit coordination specialist Dr Lin Mui Kiang, JCI Malaysia president Joseph Chieng, KLT chief executive officer Andrew Wong, Sibu Resident Sim Kok Kee, Councillor Robert Lau Hoi Yew and organizing chairman Qooway Lau.

The event was the result of good teamwork between the JCI Malaysia and JCI Mandarin Sibu with the Laila Taib College (KLT), Sibu Municipal Council (SMC), Rela, ITA Nursing College and the United Nations (UN) Malaysia Unit.

The event was part of the UN Millennium Development Goals campaign to instill and create awareness on issues concerning poverty, child mortality, education, maternal health among women, HIV/ AIDS and other diseases, environmental sustainability as well as global development partnership.

History made as 600 students and their JCI Malaysia mentors spray paint 1,676m graffiti scroll

SIBU: A new Guinness World Record has been made, thanks to the 600 local students for having created the world’s longest graffiti scroll measuring 1,676.39m.

The old record, at 1,463.85m, was set by Danone employees in Brazil last March 3.

Guinness World Records adjudicator Syeda Subasi-Gemici, who flew in from Turkey to witness the historic event, made the announcement at 2.30pm yesterday.

 Among those present was Second Finance Minister Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh.

Subasi-Gemici’s announcement was received by loud applause from a huge crowd, made up of mostly students and members of Junior Chamber International Malaysia, who is the organiser for the event.

They also jumped for joy, clearly elated that they had made the town and country proud.

Earlier, the participants gathered at the venue, which was the old airport runway, as early as 7am. After a briefing session, they began their work on the scroll at 7.30am until 1.30pm, using aerosol sprays of different colours to create many lively images upon which were emblazoned words and phrases.

The participants were students from the town’s secondary schools and private colleges.

Catherine Matan, one of the participants, said she was happy to be involved in the historic project.

“I am tired after a whole morning of spray-painting. But, I must say I am the happiest person because I have helped to create a new record. I hope with this feat we can create more records in future.”

Catherine, a physiotherapy student from Kolej Institut Tinggi Abadi, said her team of 40 students created two topics, the first on gender equality and the second, on maternal help.

Speaking to reporters later, Wong said the achievement was a great effort by JCI Malaysia under its Sibu-born national president Joseph Chieng.

“To me it is a team effort that makes the record possible,” he said, as he praised the 600 participants who had aptly called themselves Teams, for “Together Everyone Achieves More Success”.

Wong said their success had put Sibu on the world map.

“I feel very proud of them. If we stay united and do things together everything is possible. This is an example of that.

“This is a Guinness world record and it happens perhaps only once in a blue moon. And JCI Malaysia has made it happen,” he added.

The project was sponsored by Kolej Laila Taib.

Meanwhile, Lin Mui Kiang, who is the coodinator specialist of United Nations Unit in Malaysia, said the making of the graffiti scroll was in line with Malaysia’s aim of achieving its eight Millennium Development Goals of 2010.

The eight goals included reducing poverty 50%, increasing school attendance in primary education especially among the rural populace, reduction of infant mortality rate and maternal mortality.

According to Lin, at present, the maternal mortality in the country is at five deaths for every 1,000 pregnant mothers.

Contact informationClick / tap here to add contact info

UNDP Around the world

You are at UNDP Malaysia 
Go to UNDP Global