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Sunday April 21, 2013
After hours of preparation and nerve-wracking moments on stage, the list of finalists is out; who will win and go on to
represent Malaysia in public speaking in London?
IT’S final; 12 students from across Malaysia have made it to the grand finals of The Star-English Speaking Union (ESU) Malaysia Public Speaking Competition 2013.
The finalists are Ai-Leen Loo Shu Jen, Anne Marie Lazarus, Caryl Teh En-Ai, Jeffrey Johan Adlan Disney, Jesline Tang Chia Ling, Kaberi Dutta, Mahdev Singh Sachdev, Nursyazana Syifaa Kahardy, Ong Jo Xing, Rhupashree Magandiran, Say Wei Chen and Thevesh Thevananthan.
They will compete for the coveted title of champion and will go through a Champions Training Camp in Petaling Jaya before representing the nation at the ESU International Public Speaking Competition 2013 in London next month.
The national champion will receive public speaking training from experts, visit beautiful sights in London including Dartmouth House (home of the ESU) and become an alumnus of one of the oldest and most prestigious organisations in the world.
The first runner-up will win RM1,000 cash, the second runner-up RM500 cash and the rest of the finalists will receive RM100 cash each.
The competition tests the verbal prowess of students and aims to promote the use of English among secondary and tertiary level students besides nurturing their confidence in public speaking.
Through the years, it has also complemented the government’s efforts in increasing English Language proficiency among the young, cultivated an interest in public speaking and help local students become more competitive internationally.
Until today, the competition continues to draw interest among young Malaysians as it provides the ideal platform for them to speak up and express their views.
Prior to the competition, training workshops were held simultaneously in Menara Star, Petaling Jaya and Star Northern Hub, Penang.
In the preliminary round, participants had to present a five-minute prepared speech on the theme “A House Divided Against Itself Cannot Stand” and a three-minute impromptu speech on topics given 15 minutes in advance.
Participants who qualified for the semi-finals were required to speak for five minutes on the theme “Ideas Are Our Greatest Weapons”.
Contestants were judged on the substance of their speech, style and technique, general effectiveness and the ability to answer questions from the panel of judges.
Also taken into consideration were the speaker’s body language, facial expressions and self-confidence.
Last year, Malaysian contestant Marina Tan Hsien Wei, 18, made history when she emerged champion in the ESU International Public Speaking Competition in London.
It was the nation’s first win of one of the most coveted titles in the world’s English public speaking circuit.
The Malaysian segment of the competition is jointly organised by The Star and the English Speaking Union of Malaysia, with PKT Logistics Group Sdn Bhd as the co-organiser.
For those keen on catching the excitement at the grand finals on April 27, entrance fee is RM60 per pax inclusive of refreshments.
For enquiries, contact The Star Events Department at 03-7967 1388 ext 1240/1237.
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