Sunday, August 2, 2009

Unethical Contest Organizer by Sony Music and TM

2 Aug 09- I was delighted that my artwork was shortlisted. even though my artwork was not chosen as Lenka's favorite during her showcase happening at 1 Utama earlier this afternoon but at least it shall be done fairly. not blaming in the eyes of the beholder so it was the contest mechanics by unethical organizer like Sony Music and TM / that i wasnt so pleased. I want my artwork back! and please honour the rest of the shortlisted entry as stated in the terms n condition of the contest.

And this was my letter to them...
To whom it may concern,

My name is Devi and I would like to highlight my dissatisfaction on the mechanics for Best Artwork contest featuring Lenka.

First of all, it was clearly stated in the Star (as attached) that only 4 entries will be shortlisted but the closing date of submission was on 27 july 2009. On the same occasion, there will be a voting system for the shortlisted entries via the website at . 6 entries were uploaded in after the closing date (28 july 2009) but eventually the contest was later extended to 29 july 2009. On 31 july 2009, i noticed that the 7th entry was uploaded out of the sudden. My question is, is it ethical for renowned brand and partner like yourself to actually accept entry that was sent after the closing date? Would it be fair to those that has work hard to finish up their artwork and sent in earlier, on or before the closing date? I personally feel that the last entry supposed to be disqualified as it doesn’t meet the terms and condition (tnc) It’s not only unfair but how such unprofessionalism decision was made by big company like yourself?

Kindly check all the angst by the artistes themselves /concern parents and even the public on the rules of the contest in the ShoutMix at . I am writing to you as a representative to the rest that not only felt ‘cheated’ but unappreciated as well. I do hope the same situation shouldn’t be repeated as this is not only ruining your reputation as so called well-to-known brands but we really has started to lose confident on your signature branding.

Last but not least, thank you for short listing my art work for the preliminary round. But sadly enough that after the winner was chosen by Lenka herself, don’t the organizer supposed to also reward the three runners up as stated in the contest tnc. Unfortunately, I have to personally approach one of your Sony staff and request for my ‘prize’. Which I find it’s rather disturbing and equally inconvenient. I am pretty sure the other ‘artiste’ went back home not only devastated and disappointed but empty handed as well. I don’t mind if every entry was submitted as per requirement as art is sumthing subjective. So what if the last entry was nice and was chosen by Lenka, the fact it was not meet the requirement , the entry was not supposed to be there in the first place.

I am requesting for some feedback regarding the above-said matter and what are your next actions or advice for those artistes that was not rewarded as promised? Are you going to honour their hard work?
You are pleased to drop your input by replying this email or at my blog as well at
Yours sincerely,


Oh ya..i m sure they will give a lot of 'excuses' on the late entry submitted that it was received earlier but uploaded after the closing date or it was the management discretion on the contest mechanics without any notifications and what not. please enough of lame excuses ok? Did Lenka ever know about this matter ? i doubt so.

And since I am such an emo piece of paper art right there u goes....a picture of the Lenka at the showcase earlier this afternoon.

I want my artwork back! just enjoy the show...


picklefruit said...

yes. i know we are all angry and yadda, yadda, yadda.. but what is done is already done. you have got your 'prize' or whatever but be grateful that you even got shortlisted. at least Lenka actually saw and complimented your work, unlike some unfortunate others. you have to understand that this is m'sia, you can't really expect much out of it, can you?

Devi da Lil' DeviL said...


ignorance is bliss..u think? shouldnt sumbody voice out their opinion on this so that it wont be repeated again?

as i mentioned clearly in my blog, im thankful that my artwork was shortlisted n what not, but im not expecting anything else from this.

why should i understand that this is m'sia? if everyone think likewise than we can never be better. change for the better ..u got misunderstood about the whole issue here. im not angry..just dissapointed about the mechanics of the tnc of this contest.

Sonny San said...

That is an impressive piece of art Devi, but take it easy. Life is never fair anyway. The ocean is huge, there are many other fishes available.

Don't let it ruin your day because of this.

Take care, peace out~

Devi da Lil' DeviL said...

hi thanks sonny san. goes on...hidup emenang..hahahaha

picklefruit said...

bear in mind that everybody voiced their opinion. is just that all we can do is give 'opinions', complain and so on but whether any action is taken is another issue. oh, sorry, i actually forgotten to congratulate you that you got shortlisted as one of the finalist. i'm sure you received and is grateful with your prizes. looks like more is to come after today when you will, most likely, win for this other voting-based contest, again. well, not exactly 'again' since you did not win the first contest but at least you got 'something' and its not much different than the first prize anyway. Congrats :)

btw, screw tm but i still like sony

Devi da Lil' DeviL said...


anyway thanks for the wishes..who knows sony music is the main culprit..either way i cant be bothered on the voting system..all credits should go to the voters out there especially my family, frens n public that seems to like my artwork. win and lose is part of game but please do it fairly.

adios amigos

BaBy OcTopUs said...

hey babe, just read your post and just realized what you were so frustrated about in FB.

Totally agreed with you. it's not the result that matters but the way they handle the issue. if they don't follow what is written on the T&C then what the hell did they imposed a T&C at the first case. slap on their face.

Like what picklefruit said earlier, this is M'sia, SO? Do we have to live with this crap attitude. I totally agree with you that we need to voice out and let them have a piece of our mind at least they will change? in the future or at least improve on this. Or our country gonna always be the famous Boleh-Land!!

Peace out babe!

Devi da Lil' DeviL said...

baby octopus,

EXACTLY! n well said. so now they call me for a meet n greet session with lenka personally today at 530pm..ya right..after all said n done? the hype has gone. i rather skip this. last minute sucks big time. i hope things like this wont be repeated.

at least some smart ppl know what i meant..hahaha

TianChad田七摄影 said...

I am glad that Devi speak up :)
They should really improve in this matter

Devi da Lil' DeviL said...

thanks Tian Chad. yes..improvement needed.

BK said...

Congratulation devi, the game is unfair yet your art work got recognised and tats very wishing you the best in future challenges ;)

well wisher

Devi da Lil' DeviL said...


thanks for the wishes. have a great day ahead!

mucho gracias!


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