ESU Malaysia - Scholarship
WORLD SCHOOLS DEBATING CHAMPIONSHIP 2007
2nd – 12th
July, Seoul, Korea.
Students invited for debating championship
PETALING JAYA: Malaysian students who are experienced debaters
are invited to represent the country at the World Schools Debating
Championship 2007 in Seoul, South Korea, in July.
An annual event since the early 1990s, the championship will
be held from July 2-12 and has proven to be a forum for students
from all over the world to exchange ideas and air their views.
The speakers, aged between 14 and 18, can also act as youth
ambassadors, foster friendships and understand each other's
cultures and back-grounds.
The Malaysian team will be selected through auditions, to be
held on March 10 and 11 between 9am and 6pm at Level Three,
Menara Star,15 Jalan 16/11, 46350 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
The speakers will be asked to debate two topics: “This
house disapproves of cloning ” and “This house
would cancel Third World Debt ”.
Those interested in participating must be 18 years and under
as of July 2,2007.
Students should register their full names, IC number, name
of school, e-mail address, hand-phone number as well as a list
of their debating experience in 100 words or fewer with The
Star at e-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org or via fax at 03-7957 7641
by 5pm on Wednesday.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for the auditions.
This event is jointly organised by the English Speaking Union
of Malaysia and The Star .
Five to represent country Student ambassadors selected after
three rounds of debates
SEVENTEEN students aged between 14 and 18 recently competed
in three grueling debates for the chance to be part of a five-member
team that will represent the country at the World Schools Debating
Championship 2007 from July 2 to 12 in Seoul, South Korea.
It is hoped that this year, Malaysian school debaters will
make their mark internationally in Seoul, where debating teams
from all over the world will pit their wits against each other.
The morning started off with an intensive training session
with international judge and debate trainer Jagjeet Singh who
shared her expertise with the debaters, giving them invaluable
hints and tips on the art of debating.
Debating skills give youngsters an advantage
She emphasised on the importance of a speaker ’s ability
to be able to critically analyse the motion before them and
develop their argument and strategy coherently before presenting
their case and opening themselves to attack from the opposition.
“Debating, however, goes beyond merely standing up and
airing your views. It involves extensive research and preparation.
To be a debater, you have to be keen in reading, research habit,
have an interest in the field, a good grasp of general knowledge
and current affairs, be competent in the English Language and
of course, you must have the ability to think on your feet fast!” said
Jagjeet,, debate trainer and head of the panel of adjudicators
at the recent debates.
Debaters auditioning at the recent debate aired their views
on the motion that “this house will enforce a two-year
national service ” before subjecting themselves to a
second debate which was on the motion “this house believes
that free trade is the way to go ”. The second debate
was impromptu in that all speakers were only given only an
hour to prepare with only the aid of a dictionary, an almanac
and a single volume encyclopedia without the aid of modern
gadgets and gizmos like mobile phones,3G technology and laptops.
After two rounds of intense debates the judges faced the onerous
task of selecting 12 potential candidates for further training
and debate practice, which will commence next month.
It is from these 12 that the five-member Malaysian squad will
Those short-listed were Lee Zhi Wei, Wong Yoon Loong, Farquar
Haqqani, Hitakshi Ashvani Kumar, Ang Jian Wei, Ngai Jin Tik,
Shamala Devi Rajalingam, Bukhari Yusof, Sanjiv Nair Saidharan,
Lee Jia Hui, John Lee and Mishyan Kumar Supramaniam.
“This debating experience will be an invaluable one
for our debaters, being part of this prestigious international
competition in Seoul. The skill of debating is certainly an
advantage as this will give debaters an extra edge when applying
to Ivy League and other prestigious universities,” said
Tunku Dara Tunku Tan Sri Naquiah, the English Speaking Union
of Malaysia chairman who was also in attendance at the debates.
The Star ’s support of this project echoes the government ’s
aims in creating a future generation that is adept at soft
skills and not only a generation that is academically inclined.
“A person with the ability to express themselves coherently
and eloquently will stand head and shoulders above the rest in
the corporate world and this is part of the reason that debating,
public speaking is of vital importance to students today. This
will give them an edge when they too join the rat race” said
Star Publications Bhd Marketing Services senior manager Iris
The Malaysian leg of the World Schools Debating Championships
is jointly organised and sponsored by the English Speaking
Union of Malaysia and The Star.
The World Schools Debating Championship, which has been held
annually since the early 1990s,has proven to be a forum for
students from all over the world to exchange ideas and air
It also provides a golden opportunity for youngsters from around
the world to share their outlook on the world and as youth
ambassadors, to foster friendships and understand each other’s
cultures and backgrounds.
Report for ESUM Committee Meeting on the 26th of June:
World Schools Debating Championship 2007 – Malaysian
Facts & Figures:
||Auditions were held on the 10th and 11th of March. After
two articles calling for participation and direct contact
with schools and SEA Forensics participants, a total of
48 students turned up for auditions. A total of 16 judges
judged debates on two motions.
||At the end of the second day of auditions (11th of March)
this was whittled down to 17 debaters.
||Third round of “auditions” was held on the
17th of March – this gave us 11 debaters who were
shortlisted for the team.
||Through March & April, these 11 met and trained with
trainer Mrs Jagjeet Singh and final selection was held
on the 29th of April where the team of 5 was finally chosen.
||Malaysian Team – Andrew Wong and John Lee (Help
University), Mishyan Kumar (SMK Bkt Rahman Putra), Lee
Zhi Wei (SMK Tinggi Batu Pahat) & Ang Jian Wei (Sunway
||They have been training every weekend since then & two-three
days a week at The Star. Training session last from 9am – 5pm
||In addition to their in-house training, they have also
debated in ‘public’ in Berjaya Times Square
on the 19th of May and at FRIM on the 17th of June.
||They leave for Seoul, Korea on the 2nd of July & competition
starts on the 4th of July – only trainer Mrs Jagjeet
Singh will be accompanying the team.
||In all there were three days of auditions and 31 days
of training for the project
||Total project costs: RM35, 000.00 (ESU Malaysia) & RM43,
000 (The Star)