It is an annual debating competition hosted, this year in MMU Melaka, with participants ranging from a wide host of countries like Singapore, Japan, China, etc.
Subsequently, a decision was made to host only 2 debates on the first day. That would mean that the second day would have to accommodate at least 4 debates, 1 more than scheduled.
hile the rest of Melaka was battling the effects of the heatwave – equinox combo, the debaters were unaware, furiously battling for their chance to break into the elimination rounds.
The effort from the committee from the morning paid off as the event finished on schedule, allowing the debaters sufficient time to rest in between rounds, and after.
The last round for day 2 was a silent round, which meant that the results of the debate would not be revealed to the debaters. After dinner, the debaters were ferried to the Emperor Hotel, where Break Night was held.
The purpose of Break Night was for the adjudication core, led by Mr Mifzal Mohammed. It was he who announced the results for those who did break into the elimination rounds.
The night itself was short and sweet, allowing debaters to either console their peers or congratulate them.
Day 3 was the day for elimination rounds. There were two significant rounds that took place. The first being the Grand Finals for the EFL ( English as a Foreign Language ) Debate. The second being the Open Grand Finals. This year, both were hosted a bit differently.
The EFL Grand Finals managed to begin around 5pm between AGU and Hanshin Girls. Their motion for the debate was THBT it is immoral for individuals to knowingly donate to children who are part of a begging syndicate.
It was only a bit later on did the Open Grand Finals take place. This year, the Open Grand Finals debate was a separate occasion from the Grand Finals night. The Open Grand Finals Debate took place between Malaysia’s IIUM A on the Government side, and Singapore’s YALE NUS on the Opposition side.
They debated on the motion THW remove all physical manifestation of racist legacy from university campuses and public spaces. With the conclusion of the Grand Finals debate, the debaters were given a minimal amount of time to freshen up before the Grand Finals night began.
The Grand Finals night existed to appreciate the winners of several categories. Firstly, the best overall speaker of the Open tournament went to WSDC’s Amrit Agastia.
The adjudicators were also given awards, with the best going to Mohammed Taosif Amin Khan. In the EFL preliminaries, iBob’s Rifan Rahman was awarded the overall best speaker.
The winners for the two Grand Finals were then announced. The EFL Grand Finals went to AGU. IIUM A proved victorious over YALE – NUS in the Open Grand Finals.
The conclusion of the Grand Finals night marked the end of the 8th Malaysia Debate Open.
The event this year was also a true testament to the effort and commitment from the committee to ensure that the entire event ran smoothly, with minimal hiccups.
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