KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian student Pavit Coran has emerged the champion in the English Speaking Union (ESU) International Public Speaking Competition held virtually last Friday.
Pavit, a 19-year-old student at Multimedia University in Melaka representing the English Speaking Union of Malaysia (ESUM), beat 35 other participants from 33 countries in the grand finals.
In his presentation, he spoke about the increasing rate of mental depression worldwide and urged the audience and all governments to sympathise with the issue.
Pavit, who also called for action in resolving the problem, said he was “truly ecstatic, grateful and blessed” as he could not believe that he had managed to beat so many participants to emerge the winner.
“Although I was not able to go to London to compete, it was altogether a new experience doing such a competition online and facing problems such as Internet connectivity, ” he said in a statement issued by ESUM.
This was the second time that Malaysia has won the Best Speaker title at the annual competition after Marina Tan in 2011.
ESUM chairman Tunku Dara Tunku Tan Sri Naquiah expressed her profound happiness at Pavit’s success, adding that “he truly deserves to win and he did it for Malaysia”. — Bernama