The UNM Duo Debate Competition, organized by the Chinese Cultural Society’s debate division, was held on both the 23rd and 24th of February from 10 AM to 3 PM. The competition was open to the public to partake, and thus garnered participants and spectators from all over the country. The energy of the participants while engaging in heated disputes and rebuttals right off the bat in the preliminary rounds was remarkable and prevailed right through to the finals. A combination of enthusiastic competitors and thought-provoking topics kept audiences completely engrossed and on their feet throughout the competition. The CCS also deserves praise for selecting dedicated adjudicators who never failed to give detailed feedback to each speaker after every round.

The energy of the participants while engaging in heated disputes and rebuttals right off the bat in the preliminary rounds was remarkable

The competition was held in a simple tournament manner where 16 teams competed in bracket rounds, and a victory in a certain round would mean qualifying to the next one to debate on a different topic. Topics varied from both ends of the spectrum, such as whether Thanos’s ideology holds water, to whether the MCA (Malaysian Chinese Association) should leave the BN (Barisan Nasional). Each team consisted of 2-4 members with the right of switching up in-between in, and every team had a set amount of time to display their fierce logic to win the votes of the judges. After the time limit was reached, the outspoken judges would give their votes for the superior team along with meticulous feedback which mainly focused on whether the competitors were off-topic, and comments on their strengths and weaknesses.

Gracious cash prizes consisting of RM 1000 for the winning team, and RM 500 for the runners-up were given at the end of the event. The winners who grasped the victory with exceptional disputing skills were: Nik Khai Yiang, Bong Jia Er, Lau Bin Yann and Chen Min Ein from Brickfields Asia College, University of Malaya, Help University, and Mbonus respectively. Out of all the competitors, one of them named Lim Pit Feng stood out from the rest after showing marvelous debating tactics that outsmarted her opponents throughout the tournament, granting her team the second place in the competition, earning ‘The Best Debater’ title and was crowned a trophy. 

Overall, the UNM Duo Debate Competition was a well-planned event, largely due to the brilliant organizers who made it all happen.  

Written by Moaaz and Sangeetha

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