Monday, May 21, 2007

Haqqa Class of 2006: "Students get the feel of debating in public"

From The Star (Sdr. Farquar Haqqani is the Captain of MCKK English Debating Team 2005 - 2006 and one of the members of the Malaysian team):

KUALA LUMPUR: Shoppers at Berjaya Times Square learned something about free trade as they listened to students debate the topic.

The students, champions of the English-Speaking Union of Malaysia (ESUM) and The Star World Schools Debating Championships 2007 Malaysian leg, battled out on the motion “Free Trade Harms the Developing World”.

Team coach Jagjeet Singh said that having a debate in a public place served as preparation for their World Schools Debating Championships 2007 in Seoul from July 2 to 12.

“We expect to debate in public places in South Korea, so we need to gain some experience debating in public.

“Moreover, it can help bring out the courage and confidence in the debaters.

“The public can gain more understanding of world issues and what better than from the voices of the younger generation,” she said.

Ang Jian Wei, Lee Zhi Wei and Andrew Wong Yoon Loong, all 18, were on the “government” side that supported the motion while John Lee, Farquar Haqqani, both 18, and 17-year-old Shamala Rajalingam made up the opposition.

Jagjeet Singh, who is also an international adjudicator, was the chairman for the debate that drew in a small crowd at the lower ground concourse area and the upper floors.

At the end of the debate, the stage was offered to the members of the floor to come up and give their opinions for the team to respond.

“The audience's participation was fantastic. The ones that came up have very good responses and raised very interesting angles,” she said, adding that another debate would be held next month at another shopping complex.

Ang said debating in public was quite exciting adding that they usually debated in halls without any public participation.

“It was exhilarating, and the view of the public was of paramount importance to us. What they see can be different from what we see,” Ang added.

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  1. How i wish i get that kind of exposure back then when i was in debate team in myschool... kids these days are so lucky...

    noni, when u mentioned bout the chairman in that debate, it somehow reminded me of the chairman of mckk forum team, back then during our schooling years, the one yg slalu dinobatkan as pengerusi terbaik, like u, the best debater as always... apa nama beliau, lupa lah.. huruf h...?

    anyway, mckk mengukir nama di bidang perdebatan... and academic as well

  2. That must be Mr Beast aka En Harriezan Ahmad aka Atok aka Tokki aka The Oldest Person in our batch.

    He s a neighbour and has employed new tonic and rambutnya sudah tidak beruban seperti dulu.

  3. yes, that's the one. dah lama dah..

    well, if u nak buat hair treatment, pi lah Yun Nam Hair Inst. Dia pergi situ ke?

  4. citer rambut la plak jadinya...

  5. noni, tak buat benda lain besides debate and the duckies ka?

  6. Anonymous2:00 PM

    oit kawai & noni, kalu nak sembang 2 orang, pi masuk lam prefect's cubicle la.... takpun, squash court ke...:)) jangan marah aaaaaa......

  7. entah nya ... get a room la hahahaha

  8. Aku nak bahagia sikit pun tak boleh...

  9. ntahnya.. jeles pulak.

    usually kena i bagi comment dulu barulah yg lain menyusul...
    kesian noni, susah payah dia memblogkan diri despite of his tight schedule... i just bagi support je

  10. Woi Noni yang bagi comment at 9 am plus to imposter lah. Selamba je mengaku aku and buat2 statement mcm tu.

    Aku dah tahu usual suspects ni.

  11. Anonymous4:53 PM

    ko ni noni, kawaii baru aje nak syok meng'support' ko ... dah ko deny ...

    lagipun takdenye kitorang nak jeles, asal kan bahagia ... tp bahagia kah wahai noni? muahahaha

  12. Aku bahagia bila tgk noni bahagia... hahahaha

  13. about 9am noni, "it wasn't me.."...
    jgn masukkan aku dlm list suspect atau list surau...

  14. boboe5:27 PM

    jgn risau KR, aku bole compen yg ko tak masuk dalam list surau ye hahahaha ...

  15. Noni (malas nak sign in)5:15 PM

    Alaaa Bobo, ni dia nak cakap dia masuk list surau la ni, sebb tu lah dia boleh konpemkan ke tak.

    Sedar lah aki sorang je lagi who still treat kau mcm list surau ha ha (and chibiok kot).