By: Rahazimah Alzahrah Abu Bakar Sadiqin (5K3)
From the 20th till 23rd of February 2014, 6 Level 2 students in teams of two represented PERMATApintar National Gifted Centre in Lim Kok Wing International Debating Championship (LIDC). We were accompanied by Madam Diyanah.
The list of students is as follows:
Name Class Team
1) RahazimahAlzahrah Abu BakarSadiqin, 5K3 PPPN 2
2) Isaac Tan Guan Ming, 5K4 PPPN 2
3) Mohamad Akid Mohamad Affendi, 5K4 PPPN 1
4) Adam MohdYusri, 5K4 PPPN 1
5) Ng Yew Yang, 5K7 PPPN 3
6) Reshidran s/o Nahenthara Raj, 5K4 PPPN 3
The championship was organized at Lim Kok Wing University, Cyberjaya by the Malaysian Institute of Debating and Public Speaking (MIDP) and the university itself. All the participants had to debate according to the British Parliamentary (BP) format. The motions were related to various issues, ranging from international relations to government policies to Disney movies. The list of motions in the pre-lims is as follows:
THW ban any forms of cosmetic surgery
TH regrets slum tourism
TH regrets Ariel’s decision to give up her voice to go the human world
THW ban the paparazzi
THBT if the government finds evidence of intelligent aliens it should hide the truth from the public
THBT the Indian government should financially incentivize marriages between different castes
After 6 preliminary rounds, two of our teams (PPPN 1 and PPPN 2) broke to the Pre-Octo finals. We debated on the motion, THBT democratic elections should be a condition to receiving developmental aid. Team PPPN 2 made it to the Octo Finals and had to debate on the motion, THW make poverty a mitigating factor. In the quarter finals, team PPPN 2 debated against SMK Sri Permata, Sekolah Sultan Alam Shah and KolejTuankuJaafar on the motion, THBT governments should use subliminal messaging to nudge citizens into making socially responsible choices. We were placed third in the round and did not proceed to the semi-finals.
However, all six of us had learnt a lot throughout the tournament and gained new experiences in tackling various motions. We would like to thank the administrators for allowing us to go for this tournament. We would also like to thank Madam Diyanah for accompanying us.
We hope to join other tournaments in the future and build a debating community in PERMATApintar.