Monday, August 8, 2022

Botswana Debate team Shines in Malaysian, placing 10th out of 80

The International Islamic University of Malaysia has emerged as the champions of the second Malaysia Debate Open, which ended last week in Malaysia.

This week long international debating event was hosted by Voice Melaka Debating Society of Multimedia University Melaka in Malaysia. The International Islamic University beat team DITI of the experienced trio Prabha, Rafiq & Dr.Omar in the grand final held in the magnificent Dewan Seri Negeri, Melaka.

The tournament, in its second year, hosted more than 480 participants and 80 teams of 3 participants each in its mission to promote better international understanding both in debating as a demanding extra-curricular, to educate the youth in public-speaking, create an active citizenry, promote critical thinking and English proficiency.

The tournament was conducted in the Asian Parliamentary Style of Debating and comprised of more than 53 university campuses across Malaysia and universities from, Indonesia, Qatar, India, Japan, China and Thailand.

With the help of The Sunday Standard and Native Impressions, the University of Botswana fielded its maiden team of Masego Phoi, Ruth Mulenga and Ummar Kevin Segadimo.

The Botswana team was ranked 10 out of 80 international debate teams and 53 debate institutions.

Ruth Mulenga was placed among the top 20 speakers, a great achievement for team Botswana who were only using the unfamiliar Asian Parliamentary Debating Format for the first time, a 3 on 3 debate style.

The best speaker of the tournament was Tasneem from IIUM and the Grand Final Best Speaker was Prabha (DITI).
The event was open to everyone around the globe, including university professors and retired debaters who still wish to debate.

The event was supported by Datuk Seri Mohd Ali bin Mohd Rustam, the Chief Minister of Melaka along with director of various state departments from the Chief Minister’s office.

The Malaysia Debate Open is an annual championship hosted by the debating society of Multimedia University Melaka campus.  This year, the Melaka State Government collaborated with the university to be part of the event.

More details can be found on the official website of the 2nd Malaysia Debate Open:


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