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ESU Public Speaking Competitions 2003 and 2004

Internationally, the Public Speaking competition was conceived by the ESU's Centre for Speech and Debate in Dartmouth to further the use of the language through the medium of public speaking and debating amongst students and young adults. The competition began in 1981 with speakers from 3 countries. Last year, 32 countries took part in the competition with South African Palesa Mohapi emerging as the Overall Winner and Audience's Choice.

In its first venture to the International Competition in 2003, Malaysia entered two finalists, including Ms. Jean Lee. Ms. Jean Lee did Malaysia proud. She was the only Asian representative amongst the eight finalists in the penultimate heat.

In 2004, the hunt for national champions began with workshops in three states: Selangor ( Klang Valley), Penang and Johor (Johor Baru). Over 350 students attended the workshops, all eager to participate in the rigours of the preliminary competitions.

Preliminary competitions were held in Johor Baru, Penang and Petaling Jaya in March and April 2004 and saw participation from over 150 students. Competition was stiff and entrants came from schools, colleges and universities across the Peninsular. After much deliberation, twelve National Finalists were chosen.

Central Region Finalists
Joshua Neoh Weng Nei
Jason Leong Say Keong
Ong Ching Seong
Adrian Sasha Paul
Samir bin Harith
Woh Yi Bin
Latt Shahril bin Mansor
Wong Xiao Qing
Northern Region Finalists
Thiruventhiran a/l Narayanan
Mohd Afiq bin Mohd Nasir

Southern Region Finalists
Yap Han Ern
Mok Chi Wei

Ong Ching Seong and Wong Xiao Qing went on to represent Malaysia at the International Public Speaking Competition 2004 held in London from the 11th - 14th May. Xiao Qing excelled winning two of the three prizes at the International Competition – the Audience Choice & the Best Non-Native Speaker Awards.

This year, the competition will begin with nationwide workshops on the 19th March in Selangor (Klang Valley), Pahang (Kuantan), Penang and Sabah (Kota Kinabalu). Preliminary Competitions will be held on the 2nd April followed by National Finals on the 9th April where once again, two winners will be chosen to represent Malaysia at the London Finals in May 2005. Best of luck to our winners.

 

 

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