Mah: Time for more Parliament-style debates in schools as nation moves towards lowering of voting age

PETALING JAYA: With the move towards lowering the voting age from 21 to 18, Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon (pic) says Parliament-style debate competitions will allow students to build on their analytical and critical thinking skills.

The Deputy Education Minister said it will also give them a taste of what it is like to participate in the administration of the country.

Mah said debate competitions allow students to think clearer, carry out systematic analysis, and develop agile thinking.

“By collecting information for the debate, students will broaden their knowledge and learn how to think from multiple perspectives, ” he said on Friday (June 4) at the launch of the national-level Parliament-style Chinese Language Debate Competition for SMJK (Conforming) schools.

He said everyone on social media these days can easily express their views but this form of convenient communication should not be taken for granted by posting untrue statements.

Through debates, students can be trained to analyse data, verify facts, and argue based on meaningful remarks, he added.

“Young people must learn how to be responsible for their speech, ” he said.

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