9 July 2019: Two schools emerged victorious at the second annual Tunku Abdullah Debate Challenge
The second annual edition of the Tunku Abdullah Debate Challenge (TADC) was recently held at St. John’s International School (SJIS), where audiences witnessed the crowning of Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Convent Bukit Nanas (CBN) and ELC International School as champions for the Under-18 and Under-15 category respectively.
General Manager of Direct English Philip Lim, Group Executive Chairman of Melewar Group Tunku Dato Seri Iskandar bin Tunku Abdullah, Champion of Under-15 category, ELC International School and Principal of SJIS Suresh Dass
Jointly organised by SJIS and Direct English Malaysia, a total of 17 schools took part in the competition with the finals topic being ‘This House Believes that Vegetarian Diet Is Healthier for Humans’ for the Under-15 category and ‘This House Believes that Beauty Pageants Are Objectifying Women’ for the Under-18 category.
“A good leader can engage in a debate frankly and thoroughly, knowing that at the end he and the other side must be closer, and thus emerge stronger. I hope that our debaters today, who will be the leaders of tomorrow, will have this at the forefront of their minds when they lock horns,” said TADC Chairman Tunku Dato’ Dr. Seri Iskandar Tunku Abdullah after congratulating the victors.
Esteemed judges present at the competition were Tunku Zain Al’ Abidin ibni Tuanku Muhriz, Tunku Halim bin Tunku Abdullah, Dato’ Steve Day, Datin Dr Hjh Raja Mazuin bte Raja Abdul Aziz and Mr. Tony Collingridge – who were all impressed by the participants’ maturity and knowwledge on the given subjects.
Managing Director of Delta Gate Solutions Tony Collingridge, Managing Director of Vision Four Media Group Dato’ Steve Day, Founding President of IDEAS – Institute of Democracy and Economic Affairs Tunku Zain Al’ Abidin ibni Tuanku Muhriz, Tunku Iskandar bin Tunku Abdullah, award-winning fiction and non-fiction author Tunku Halim Bin Tunku Abdullah and Vice President of MELTA Datin Dr Hjh Raja Mazuin bte Raja Abdul Aziz
Other topics discussed that led up to the final round were from six primary themes namely: education, sports, technology, economics, arts and media as well as societal.
The TACD was established with two primary objectives: to generate critical thinking on primary issues of given topics, and encourage students in Malaysian schools to express their opinions and to develop public speaking skills, as well to cultivate contemporary thinking skills.
The two-day event also includes workshops and seminars to promote learning exchange amongst students, to improve their language and critical thinking skills.