Eight finalists in speaking contest


  • Nation
  • Monday, 17 Mar 2003

KUALA LUMPUR: Eight speakers have been selected to compete in the grand finals of the English Speaking Union (ESU) Malaysia’s inaugural Public Speaking Competition 2003. 

Five finalists – Jason Leong, Jean Lee Si Zhen, Mia-Germain Palencia, Kenneth Lim and Calvin Wong – were selected from the preliminary competition (central region) at KDU College, Petaling Jaya, last Saturday.  

About 120 youths between the ages of 16 and 20 from Kuala Lumpur took part in the central region competition. 

SMOOTH TALKER: Leong, one of the finalists of the English Speaking Union inaugural Public Speaking Competition.

From ancient astronomer Galileo to the planet Jupiter, global order and fashion unruliness, the speakers talked their way into the adjudicators’ hearts to clinch places in the local grand finals. 

The remaining three – Christopher Ng, Vilashini Somiah and Mohd Nasrullah Zulkifli – were chosen from the preliminary round for the northern region held earlier this month in Penang. 

The grand finals of the competition will be held on March 29 at KDU College, Petaling Jaya.  

The two top winners in the grand finals will represent the country at the international finals in London in May.  

The competition is co-sponsored by HSBC Malaysia and jointly organised by The Star and ESU, a charity founded in 1918 to help bind English-speaking people in the United States and Commonwealth countries.  

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