Rain dampens university students’ festive record attempt

  • Nation
  • Sunday, 18 Oct 2009

KUALA TERENGGANU: The “lights went out” for a group of 200 Universiti Terengganu Malaysia undergraduates when their attempt to be listed in the Malaysia Book of Records for lighting 76,000 kutte villaku (oil lamps) was hampered by rain.

The students had attempted to create a giant number “1” figure (to portray 1Malaysia) with the oil-lamps at an open space at the university grounds.

They began on Oct 8 and were about to complete the task when the weather took a turn for the worse a couple of nights later.

The project, held to conincide with Deepavali, was organised by a group of Malay, Chinese and Indian students through funds provided by a donor.

Some of the students even wept when they failed in their attempt.

State Education and Higher Learning Committee chairman Ahmad Razif Abd Rahman, was moved by the students’ despair and wants them to try again, this time with state funds.

“The spirit of unity among the students was outstanding,” he added, saying that he was pleased to see students of all races co-operating.

The state exco member pledged to fix a new date after the Deepavali break for the students to re-attempt the feat.

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