In Singapore June 25, a colourful procession organized by the students of the University of Malaya as part of their Welfare Week, ended in a big row.
PAN from crowd to students getting ready for procession
Girl students on float
8 1/2 ft
10 1/2 ft
MS Students selling "rag"
CU White hunter in cooking pot
CU "Cannibals" dancer
22 1/2 ft
MLS Apartheid float
MS Float- Chinese Lion dancers
38 1/2 ft
Medical Queens of floral float
MS Vikings float
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Background: In Singapore June 25, a colourful procession organized by the students of the University of Malaya as part of their Welfare Week, ended in a big row.
A row started when the fabulous floral float of the medical students failed to win first prize.
Judges awarded first prize to a simple but strikingly original float entered by the undergrads. The float, entitles "Appetite 1900-Apartheid 1960" showed a "White" hunter in a cooking pot, with a group of "Cannibals" doing a tribal dance round him.
Cost of the floats - M$50 (STG. GBP6) for the Apartheid float, and $220 (GBP26) for the floral one -- was a factor that weighed in favour of the undergrads.
The 20-float procession was part of students' efforts to collect funds for various charitable organizations in Singapore.
Immediately after the results were announced, the medical students got together and decided to refuse the second prize. Organizers said their float, made up of more then 100,000 flowers including orchids and marigold with three "Medical Queens" in the centre, was mostly the effort of volunteers. They insisted that the beauty of the floats and not their cost should have been the criterion for picking the winner.