The Right Values

The Right Values

HUMAN values have changed over time, said Inter-Varsity Human Values Drama Competition (HVDC) organising chairman Shree Ganeis.

The competition, organised by the Sathya Sai Baba Central Council of Malaysia, was recently held at Universiti Malaya, Kuala Lumpur. It was the first of a series of events based on the theme Are U Valuable?, targeting students in higher educational institutions.

“The drama competition is only one of a series of events. What we want to do is to organise more activities that will emphasise the multiracial concept,” said Ganeis.

Thus, a criteria for the competition was that participating teams had to comprise members from different races besides demonstrating good human values.

The three institutions that took part were Taylor’s College School of Hospitality and Tourism (TCHT), Binary University College (Binary) and Universiti Teknologi Petronas.

The students took home trophies, as well as MPH and Jaya Jusco vouchers totalling RM4,750, sponsored by DiGi Telecommunications Sdn Bhd.

The first prize winners, Universiti Teknologi Petronas, received RM2,500 worth of vouchers while TCHT bagged the second prize and took home vouchers worth RM1,500.

Binary, which came in third, won RM750 in vouchers.

The students were judged on their acting skills as well as the values they promoted in the play.

Binary put up a play about a boy who left home to study overseas, who did not realise how much his parents loved him until it was too late.

“The play is inspired by the fact that we are students staying in hostels and don’t get to see our parents often,” said Binary’s team director, Melissa Wane, 22.

“Parents play an important role but often times, the children do not realise this,” Melissa added.

“I have written six plays in the past but this is the first time I am writing a story based on human values,” said TCHT’s play director who wants to be known only as Sim.

Sim’s play revolved round a traditional Chinese family and touched on issues such as the importance of sons in a Chinese family and sentiments about inter-racial marriages.

The competition started with a performance by the Sathya Sai Baba Seputeh choir team, followed by a performance by Fallen Leaves, a theatrical production written and performed by people recovering from various addictions, including some living with HIV.

Ganeis said that the Sathya Sai Baba Council has plans for more events in the near future, such as seminars on career and time management, mural painting, and even campaigns promoting human values on campuses. — BY ALYCIA LIM


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