The 17th international Koran-reading contest has been held in Malaysia with the Malaysian Prime Minister calling on all Muslims to continue drawing inspiration from the Islamic holy book -- particularly in the face of communist threats, he said.
GV: Flag-bearers from participating countries in Koran-reading contest, Kuala Lumpur, entering stadium.
SV: Officials and guests seated with King and Prime Minister (on King's right) watching flag-bearers entering.
SV: audience seated.
GV and SV: Flag-bearers lined up for inspection.
SV: King inspecting flag-bearers.
SV and GVs: pantomime on Islamic history being presented. (3 shots)
SV PAN FROM: fountain and choir TO Koran-reading contest dias.
SV: Bangladesh contest and reading Koran in contest.
SVs: Saudi Arabian contestant reading. (2 shots)
SVs: audience listening. (2 shots)
SV: Malaysian girl contestant reading.
SV: Thai contestant reading.
GV ZOOM IN TO SV: Singaporean contestant reading.
SV ZOOM OUT TO GV: banner, and massed groups listening.
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Background: The 17th international Koran-reading contest has been held in Malaysia with the Malaysian Prime Minister calling on all Muslims to continue drawing inspiration from the Islamic holy book -- particularly in the face of communist threats, he said.
SYNOPSIS: The contest opened in Kaula Lumpur, the Malaysian capital, on Tuesday (14 September) with a procession of flag-bearers from the 17 competing nations. The Prime Minister, Hussein Onn, seated at the right hand of the king, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, warned during the ceremony that communists were attempting to besmirch the purity of the Koran, and to distort its teachings with their ideology.
The King opened the contest after inspecting the flag-bearers. Before readings, a pantomime on Islamic history was staged.
The Koran readings are judged on voice, intonation, diction and fluency, and the Tajwid, or rules of reciting.
The first competitor was Mohamed Obai Dullah of Bangladesh.
Thirteen-year-old Furay Su'ud Sa'id Al Harbi of Saudi Arabia...
A girl contestant, Fadhilah Hassan of Malaysia......
Musa bin Yaalab of Thailand......
And Haji Moktas bin Haji Adnan of Singapore.