From left : Seaan Manuel Pillay, Nimalan Gunandran,Kishen Sivabalan, Danial Sulejman Mecja, Siddharta Adaikalaraj and Roshan Sivabalan all winners from SMK Sri Permata. Petaling Jaya.Both teams from SMK Sri Permata put up a tough fight but in the end Sri Permata KSS emerged winners to claim the Tan Sri Paduka Dr Hajjah Saleha Debate Cup 2015 while rivals, Sri Permata RND, were runners up.
Teachers in charge of the Sri Permata Debate Team, Nallini Letchmanan and Bhavani Sivapathasundram, said both teams trained hard and were well-matched in terms of language and speaking skills and it was a tough decision for the adjudicators on the day, to name the overall winner. The motion for the grand final was, “THW(This house would )mitigate the sentences of human traffickers in exchange for information on corrupt border patrol / security officers.“
The HELP National English Debate Competition began in 2003, when HELP initiated an English campaign themed ‘Mastering English for Science and Technology in Achieving Global Competitiveness.’ Apart from the Conference, a national debate was organised as part of the whole campaign and schools actively joined in, making it a success. This enthusiasm has grown from year to year and this being the 13th year, 49 schools signed up for the National English Debate from all over the country.
Both Nallini and Bhavani believe that debating provides a useful tool for the overall improvement of the English language among students in secondary schools and “provides an avenue for students to express their feelings and thoughts without fetters.”
Kishen Sivabalan, Siddharta Vidyasagar Adaikalaraj and Seaan Manuel Pillai, all members of the Sri Permata KSS Champion team, were overcome with joy by the win and said it represented the culmination of many weeks of intense training, undertaken by Head Coach, Don Siron Pereira who is currently attached to the Ministry of Youth and Sports.
“My job is to identify talented individuals who can represent Malaysia at international debate competitions and for that, the HELP inter-debate competitions provide a valuable training ground for these debaters,” said Don, who regularly undertakes training of debaters. According to Don, Malaysia’s Debate team is currently ranked 5th in the international arena and annually participates in the World Schools Debating Championship and this year the championships would be held in Singapore. Kishen Sivabalan, declared Overall Best Speaker for the Debate, said,
“Since Form I, I have been an active participant in debates together with my brother, Roshan Sivabalan (who incidentally is in the Sri Permata RND opposing team) and that gave me an edge in public speaking. Since taking part in debates, my world has opened up. These days our reading materials have expanded to The Economist, The Guardian newspaper, Time Magazine and so my general knowledge on world affairs has widened deeply”.
The Champion team returned home with the Tan Sri Paduka Dr Hajjah Saleha Debate Cup 2015, individual Trophies, RM 300 each and HELP scholarships worth RM15,000. The Overall Best Speaker received prize money of RM500 as well as an additional scholarship of RM20,000. As part of the win, Sri Permata Debate Club received RM 1,000.
The runners up, Sri Permata RND, comprising of Roshan Sivabalan, Nimalan Gunandran and Danial Mecja, walked away with RM 200 each, individual trophies and HELP scholarships of RM 8,000 each and in addition Sri Permata Debate Club received RM800. As a team, they were happy to give up the Debate Cup to their rivals in the same school as both teams had worked equally hard to make it as finalists.
As the scholarships are available within the HELP Education Group, the debaters are not sure yet as to what course of study they would pursue but they are sure it provides further motivation for them to excel at their studies and ensure a smooth pathway to their further higher education after secondary school. Sri Kanda Raj, President of the HELP Debate Club, who organized the event together with his team of 20 members, felt the event was one of the best HELP had organized and felt proud to be associated with such a prestigious event.
With many more events round the corner, HELP University is committed to the learning and teaching of English to enhance proficiency in the language. Among the courses offered by HELP University are various English programmes such as Bachelor of Arts in the Teaching of English as a Second Language (TESL), as well as the Masters in Education (TESL). HELP University has also been invited to participate in the English Carnival in Johor, organised by the Ministry of Education in August this year, to introduce various activities related to English learning.
For further information with regards to this press release, please contact: Dharshini Ganeson, Senior Manager, Corporate Communications, HELP University (0122872686) at 03- 2094 2000 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org