Cultural potpourri on Bahasa Melayu Day

  • Education
  • Sunday, 16 Feb 2003

IT WAS a day of full of fun and activity for pupils of Sri Dasmesh School in Kuala Lumpur which celebrated its annual Bahasa Melayu Day on Jan 30. 

The school’s Bahasa Melayu head of department Kaldip Kaur said the event was held to inculcate a love for the national language and to give students a platform to display their talents and command of the language. 

“The students had lots of fun and at the same time learned more about the language and Malay culture,” she said. 

School principal and CEO Jaswinder Kaur launched the event by showering the crowd of 200 students with nasi kunyit and coins. 

Students from Primary One to Secondary Four showcased their talents through story-telling, a traditional Malay dance and peribahasa charades. 

Choral speaking, elocution and poetry contests had the students in stitches. “The judges had a difficult time picking the winners as all the participants used props and costumes that bowled us over,” said Kaldip. 

The school’s main corridor was festooned with traditional items. including the keris, sirih junjung and a tapak sirih complete with sirih and pinang. 

The grand finale was the students’ very own Roda Idaman, an adaptation of Astro’s Roda Impian which is a local version of the popular Wheel of Fortune gameshow. 

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