Back to listMay 27, 2012

SGM Youth Play Creative Role in Culture and Youth Festivals

drum lineThe 1Malaysia drum line

On May 19, some 90 Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) youth were among 7,000 participants in the annual Citrawarna festival "The Colours of 1Malaysia" held in Kuala Lumpur and organized by the Ministry of Tourism. The youth donned colorful costumes to put on performances as butterflies, trees, flowers, bees, couples at their weddings and dancers. SGM has taken part in this festival every year since 1999 when it was first held.

From May 23–27, over 130 SGM youth took part in the 2012 National Youth Day celebrations at Putrajaya near Kuala Lumpur. Organized by the Ministry of Youth and Sports and supported by the Ministry of Information, Communication and Culture, the five-day event attracted an estimated 2.4 million people. Some 500 events, utilizing 20 stages, illustrated the overall theme "Let Tomorrow be Better than Today" and included career fairs, music, fire-eating and a variety of other performances.

On May 26, the 1Malaysia drum line, consisting of 20 drummers from the SGM Young Lions Martial Arts Group, welcomed Malaysian Prime Minister Dato' Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak to the celebrations. On behalf of SGM, youth leader Angela Ng presented the prime minister with a bouquet of flowers and a copy of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's poem titled "Youthful Country with a Shining Future."

twirlersTwirlers from the Fife-and-Drum Corps

Mr. Ikeda's poem, written on the occasion of his first visit to Malaysia, was recited in English and Chinese by SGM youth and guest performers Fiona Kab and Stevie Sebol, during recitals held on May 25, 26 and 27. Excerpts from poems by the late SMK Dato' Usman Awang, Malaysia's National Literary Laureate, were also read.

Also at the youth festival on May 26 and 27, members of SGM's Gymnastics group, its Hibiscus Artistic Dance group and twirlers from its Fife-and-Drum Corps performed, demonstrating the theme "Passion of Youth."

Throughout the five-day youth event, the SGI and Earth Charter exhibition "Seeds of Hope: Visions of sustainability, steps toward change" was on display at the Chinese Youth Cultural Village in Putrajaya.

In a separate event, on May 27, SGM's Penang Fei Yang Symphonic Band was invited to perform at the Penang Botanic Gardens by the Penang Philharmonic. The band performed a selection of 10 pieces of music. Every month the Penang Philharmonic invites a different musical group to perform at the gardens to make music available to a wider audience and to promote a love of music.

[Adapted from a report from Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) and from articles in the July 2012 issue of Cosmic, SGM; photos courtesy of SGM]