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Pesta Perdana 2021 – An exhilarating night of thrills and wins!

Media release
For Immediate Release

Singapore, 5 March 2021 – The largest local Malay entertainment event Pesta Perdana 2021 concluded with a big bang as 30 awards were presented to the best talents and productions earlier this evening. Themed “Celebrating Artistic Excellence”, the 16th edition of the biennial show was held at The Theatre at Mediacorp, and paid homage to local talents who continue to produce excellent content despite the challenges during these unprecedented times.

The evening kicked off with an exciting opener by host Najip Ali and the 10 Most Popular Personality nominees, who performed “Malam Gemilang”. This was followed by a medley of exhilarating performances by popular singers Rahila Rashun, Ryan Sufiyan and Eka Mairina, while a poignant “In Memoriam” segment paid tribute to some of the brightest stars in the local Malay entertainment scene whom we have lost in the past two years.

In a special pre-recorded message, Mr S Iswaran, Minister for Communications and Information & Minister-in-charge of Trade Relations, congratulated all nominees for their exemplary work. Reflecting on the many challenges that COVID-19 has brought about, Mr Iswaran also expressed his appreciation for the efforts by the media industry in educating and entertaining viewers during these trying times.

On awards, the biggest winner of the night was Raksasa which bagged four wins in the following categories: Best Drama Special, Best Actor in a Leading Role – Drama Special/Anthology, Best Writing – Drama and Best Editing – Drama. A captivating fantasy-drama series, Raksasa impressed judges with its riveting plot and strong performances by the cast. In the newly introduced Best Audio Programme award aimed at honouring the best in local Malay radio, Tamu Warna: Espresso Warna won for its insightful yet light-hearted discussions of topics trending in the society.

Norman Ishak and Nurul Aini continued to triumph in the popularity categories as they were announced the Most Popular Male and Female Artiste respectively in these highly contested awards. A special Lifetime Achievement Award recipient was also presented to Mr Suhaimi Jais for his contributions to the local Malay entertainment industry, which includes producing notable productions such as Simfoni Layar Perak, the first Malay symphonic concert staged at the Esplanade, Muzika Extravaganza, an annual variety co-production with Radio Television Malaysia (RTM), as well as Bunga Tanjong, a miniseries that has received recognition in both international and regional awards. Previously Senior Vice President of Suria Network Programming and Promotions and Eaglevision Production, he is also known to many as “The Entertainment Man” for donning numerous hats during his extensive period in the media industry over the span of 45 years.

Please refer to Annex A below for the full list of winners.

Angeline Poh, Chief Customer & Corporate Development Officer, Mediacorp, said: “The biennial Pesta Perdana awards tonight shows how far we’ve come in the local Malay media industry from the days of radio and television to now, engaging audiences across multiple platforms. It also affirms our commitment to continue to recognise and nurture the exceptional talents and creativity, both in front of and behind the screen. Congratulations to our winners on their outstanding achievements!”

Fans who wish to catch the show can do so on meWATCH and Mediacorp Entertainment on YouTube.

Media contact

Natasya Ismail
Communications Associate
Mediacorp Pte Ltd

About Mediacorp

Mediacorp is Singapore’s national media network and largest content creator. Its purpose is to create engaging and trusted content, as well as to connect communities and inspire people. Mediacorp engages over three million people in Singapore daily across four languages on its digital platforms including meWATCH, meLISTEN and, six TV channels and 11 radio stations. Beyond Singapore, Mediacorp also has a growing international audience through CNA and content distributed across markets.

With a focus on nurturing talent and growing the sector, the company is committed to investing in nation-wide initiatives like Star Search, Anugerah, Yaar Antha Star and SPOP, commissioning a wide variety of work from local content creators, and collaborating with institutes of higher learning. As Singapore’s first local Multi-Channel Network in partnership with YouTube, Mediacorp is also committed to developing a network of digital content creators.

For advertisers, Mediacorp has partnered industry-leading brands like ESPN, Mothership, Popcorn, Singapore Tatler, theAsianparent, VICE, YouTube and to form the Mediacorp Digital Network in offering more effective content-driven solutions.

Mediacorp is the recipient of industry accolades including New York Festivals, World Media Festivals, PromaxBDA (World and Asia) and Asian Academy Creative Awards.

Annex A

Pelakon Wanita Terbaik dalam Watak Utama – Drama Bersiri (Best Actress in a Leading Role – Drama Series)

Rosita Hussin (Tekan Minyak Sr 2)

Pelakon Lelaki Terbaik dalam Watak Utama – Drama Bersiri (Best Actor in a Leading Role – Drama Series)

Sufian Ahmad (Bujang Hantar)

Pelakon Wanita Terbaik dalam Watak Pembantu – Drama Bersiri (Best Actress in a Supporting Role – Drama Series)

Wan Hanafi Su (Forensik)

Pelakon Wanita Terbaik dalam Watak Utama - Drama Khas / Antologi (Best Actress in a Leading Role - Drama Special / Anthology)

Rosita Hussin (Mamaku Bibikku)

Pelakon Lelaki Terbaik dalam Watak Utama - Drama Khas / Antologi (Best Actor in a Leading Role - Drama Special / Anthology)

Lim Kay Tong (Raksasa)

Pelakon Terbaik dalam Watak Pembantu - Drama Khas / Anthology (Best Actor / Actress a Supporting Role - Drama Special / Anthology)

Eka Mairina (Mamaku Bibikku)

Pelakon Terbaik dalam Watak Komedi (Best Actor/Actress in a Comedy Role)

Mastura Ahmad (Runcit)

Pelakon Harapan Terbaik (Most Promising Actor/Actress)

Farah Lola (Lesung Sr 2)

Pengacara Terbaik – Rancangan Hiburan (Best Host - Entertainment)

Najip Ali (Muzika Ekstravaganza 2019)

Pengacara Terbaik – Rancangan Informasi (Best Host – Info-Ed)

Mastura Ahmad (Wahhhnita)

Bintang Cilik Terbaik (Best Young Star)

Nik Aqimi (Couple Cosmo)

Drama Terbaik (Best Drama Series)

Kultus (Konxepz Productions)

Drama Khas Terbaik (Best Drama Special)

Raksasa (Papahan Films)

Rancangan Hiburan Terbaik (Best Entertainment Series)

 Te:Ra Seh! 4.0 (Mediacorp Eaglevision)

 Rancangan Hiburan Khas Terbaik (Best Entertainment Special)

 Suria Elektra 2020 (Mediacorp Eaglevision)

Rancangan Informasi Terbaik (Best Info-Ed Programme)

 Hak Siapa Sr 2 (Bigtree Pictures)

Rancangan Kanak-Kanak Terbaik (Best Children’s Programme)

Mama Ku Sayang (Oak3 Films)

Lagu Tema Terbaik (Best Theme Song)

Marcell Siahaan (Composer & Singer), Adiran ‘Kitut’ Purwanto (Composer), Candra ‘Che’ Johan (Lyricist)

“Cinta Tersembunyi” (Hilang Kasih di Sarajevo)

Rancangan Paling Popular (Most Popular Programme)

Kek Champion Sr 2 (The Moving Visuals Co.)