KUALA LUMPUR, May 4 (Bernama) — The involvement of Tamil school students in the Malay theatre can help to improve their command of the national language and communication skills, said Deputy Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Muhammad Bakhtiar Wan Chik.
He said this approach is a fun way of learning as it incorporates the basic elements of theatre reflecting the way of life of individuals and the community.
“The message of harmony conveyed through the plays is also an important element for inculcating noble values among students.
“This initiative can indirectly produce a generation that is excellent and more harmonious,” he said at the prize-giving ceremony for the 2019 Bahasa Melayu theatre competition for Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Tamil (SJKT) here today.
Muhammad Bakhtiar said the competition had helped to produce potential artists for the national theatre scene. The programme has been jointly conducted by the ministry, the National Culture and Arts Department, Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka and Education Ministry since 2007.
In the competition, SJK(T) Pasir Gajah, Kelantan emerged as champion while SJK(T) Ringlet, Pahang were the runner-up and SJK(T) Sungai Ara, Pulau Pinang, the third place winner.
The winners received cash prizes of RM5,000, RM3,000, RM2,000 respectively, trophies, books and certificates.
This year’s competition ran from March to April, involving more than 600 students from 60 schools in 11 states.
SJKT Pasir Gajah student Harinee Vijayakumar, 11, who took the top prize with her presentation entitled “Mahkamah Hantu”, said daily practice had helped her team to perform with excellence.
“The teacher gave us two months to memorise the script, a week for the whole training, including with set and props.
“Of course we faced language problems but we trained hard on the proper way of speaking," said Harinee.