A New Start- 1st National Inter High School British Parliamentary Debate Challenge 2010

Posted on July 26, 2010


by Siron Pereira

From: Facebook Note
Date: July 26, 2010


The idea of British Parliamentary to Secondary School kids in Malaysia is unheard of to the majority. Introducing it as the KDU Debate Association (KDUDA)’s format for our annual debate tournament was a risk. Nonetheless, it saw 80 teams from all over peninsular Malaysia battling to become the champion.

After 5 preliminary rounds, 24 teams broke into the double-quarters. Methodist Boys School, SMK Sri Permata, Sekolah Sri Puteri and SMK St. George emerged as the finalists for the tournament. The motion tabled was “THBT Students Who Are Gang Members Should Be Sent to Henry Gurney Even If No Crime Has Been Committed”. Methodist Boys School emerged champions on a 5-4 split against SMK Sri Permata. The best speaker of the finals was Ameera Moore from Sekolah Sri Puteri. Topping the speaker tabs was Mr Vigneswaran A/L Duranagh from SMK St. George, Taiping.

Before the break was announce on Sunday morning, a quick survey was done to see which format was preferred. It was a majority in favour of British Parliamentary. Perhaps it was the 3 days of strenuous debating that influenced the decision or maybe they honestly felt it was the preferred choice. Either ways, the organizing committee, the adjudication core, all adjudicators and participants created history by being part of the 1st National Inter High School British Parliamentary Debate Challenge and by being a catalyst of change.

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