Kdu Pro-Am Debate Challenge 2014 Champions Youth Discourse In Policy-Making


Champions of the KDU-Pro Am Debate Challenge 2014, team DJ May Rain formed by Ryan Lim (far right) and Maizura Mokhsein (second from right), receiving their trophy and mock cheque of RM5000 from Dato’ Sri Idris Jala (centre) and witnessed by Prof. Khong Yoong Loong (far left) and Dato’ Saifuddin Abdullah (second from left).   A group photo of the winners and finalists for KDU Pro-Am Debate Challenge 2014 with Dato Sri Idris Jala (6th from left), Dato’ Saifuddin Abdullah (5th from left) and Prof. Khong Yoong Loong (4th from left).   The grand finals of the KDU Pro-Am Debate Challenge 2014.

Petaling Jaya, 16 November 2014 – Recently, the KDU University College’s KDU Pro-Am Debate Challenge returned for the fourth year running. This year it was jointly organised with the Performance Delivery Unit (PEMANDU)’s Economic Transformation Programme (KopitiamEkonomi) and the Malaysian Institute for Debate and Public Speaking (MIDP).

First held in 2010, the KDU Pro-Am Debating Challenge is the only debating competition in Malaysia requiring each two-man debating team to be composed of a professional and amateur debater. Tapping into the vibrant university debate culture, KDU Pro-Am Debating Challenge has created debate champions who have gone on to become chief judges of Asian inter-varsity debate championships.

This year’s challenge, with its topic “Getting By or Getting Ahead: What’s after Vision 2020?” was aimed at making youths more conscious of their role in the formation of Malaysian national economic policies beyond 2020.

In his keynote address, guest judge YB Senator Dato’ Sri Idris Jala, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department and Chief Executive Officer of PEMANDU, urged the participants and the audience to innovate and think unconventionally to take the level of innovation in Malaysia to a higher level. Echoing his views, fellow guest judge Mr. Johan Merican, CEO of Talent Corporation Berhad pointed out that the right formula to ensure the sustainability of the country was for Malaysian youth to be well educated and well equipped with knowledge, leadership and ethics.

After an intensely-fought final, Team “DJ May Rain” emerged as Champions of the KDU Pro-Am Debate 2014. The team, comprising Maizura Mokhsei, graduate of University Teknologi Mara (UiTM) and Ryan Lim from SMK Damansara Jaya, received a cash prize of RM5000.

First runner-up was the “Sarawak for Sarawakians” team, made up of Tim Andrew from Asia Pacific University and Able Law from Methodist College, Kuala Lumpur, who together walked away with a cash prize of RM2000. Deborah Woong, an undergraduate from University Malaya and Luc Choong from SMK Damansara Jaya, making up the duo “DJ Luc It’s Deprorah” took home the finalist prize of RM 1000.

Aaron Luke from Kolej Tuanku Jaafar was named as Overall Best Pro Speaker, while Abel Law was named Overall Best Am Speaker. Both were rewarded with a prize of RM500 each. Winners and finalists received their prizes from YB Senator Dato’ Sri Idris Jala, witnessed by Dato’ Saifuddin Abdullah, Patron of MIDP and Professor Dr. Khong Yoon Loong, Vice Chancellor of KDU University College.

The two-day tournament saw participation from 80 teams and had an audience of more than 200 debating enthusiasts from local private and public education institutions.

ABOUT KDU UNIVERSITY COLLEGE KDU University College, a member of the KDU Education Group, is a pioneer and leading provider in the field of private tertiary education since 1983. The KDU Education Group is a fully integrated education services provider, from primary and secondary, both local and international, through to undergraduate and post-graduate levels and executive and professional development programmes. The institution is proud to have had 45,000 strong alumni since its inception, some of whom include corporate leaders, entrepreneurs and celebrities around the globe.

As part of its vision to grow and better its education offerings, KDU University College is also setting sights to shift to its new 10-acre purpose-built campus at Utropolis, Glenmarie, Shah Alam, Selangor.

Based on the concept of ‘live and learn’, the RM320 million campus with a total built-up area of more than 1 million sq. ft, scheduled for completion in early 2015 is designed to deliver a highly-conducive learning environment while providing excellent facilities.

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