Monday, August 6, 2012

Koran Reading Competion

Tunku Abdul Rahman (first Malaysian premier) was a founder of the International Quran Reading Competition. The program was started on 9 March 1961 at Stadium Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur and 7 countries took part in this competition including Singapore, Brunei, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia, Sarawak and Malaya. In 1985 the competition was moved to the Putra World Trade Centre.

The FDC shown here, postmarked 22nd September 1975,  commemorates the Koran Reading Competion held in 1975. The winners of the Men's and Women's competions that year were Ismail Hashim and Nursiah Ismail respectively. Both from Malaysia. Incidentally, Ismail Hashim won this competition for the eighth time since it began in 1961.

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