Multimedia University (MMU) hosted a Virtual Debate competition amongst secondary school students recently. The event was fully organised by MMU students from “Sekretariat Debat MMU”, which was led by Muhammad Yusri Azpansyah. A total of 20 secondary schools participated in this parliamentary-style debate including Maktab Rendah Sains Mara (MRSM), Sekolah Berasrama Penuh (SBP), Sekolah Menengah Agama (SMA), government and private secondary schools. The event was officiated by Dr. Abdullah Sallehhuddin Abdullah Salim, Director of STAD.
Using Zoom application, the event aimed to improve public speaking skills as well as to cultivate the ability of critical thinking on current issues through linguistic discussions, research, and true facts analysis. In addition, the competition also upholds Bahasa Melayu as the medium of interaction which is one of the key elements of the judgment. The debaters from SMA Persekutuan Labu (SMAPL), Negeri Sembilan emerged as champion defeating MRSM Kuantan in the final stage. The winner received a cash prize of RM1,000 along with the accompanying plaque and certificate of participation. It was a double win for SMAPL when Muqri Hakim Mustazha was announced as the best debater of the competition.