Kuala Lumpur, 28 July 2018 – The World Schools Debating Championship (WSDC) held in Zagreb, Croatia has successfully concluded and with it, our national team came home to Malaysia bearing record-breaking news.
Team Malaysia this year was represented by Kishen Sivabalan (18, KYUEM), Kuberan Hansrajh Kumaresan (16, Nobel International School), Joshua George Varughese (18, MCKL), Quah Po Eic (17, SMK Kota Kemuning), Vee Nis Ling (18, International School of Penang). In preparation for WSDC 2018, our national team underwent gruelling training sessions with their coaches, Kelviin Pillay Manuel (23, Brickfields Asia College), Patrick Cheang (25, formerly of University of Malaya) and Ameera Natasha Moore (25, formerly of International Islamic University Malaysia)
With 8 preliminary rounds, Team Malaysia went up against nations from all over the world and breezed through the preliminary rounds finishing on 7 wins out of 8 rounds and collecting 21 ballots out of 24 possible ballots. Team Malaysia was only defeated once in the first round against Scotland on a 2-1 split and proceeded to win all remaining rounds, beating the likes of Indonesia, Israel, Northern Ireland, Wales, Denmark, Canada & South Africa. With 7 wins out of 8 rounds and with the highest number of ballots collected in the tournament, Team Malaysia ranks 1st in the World Schools Debating Championship, a feat never achieved by Team Malaysia before. Qualified to compete in the elimination rounds, Team Malaysia went up against Australia but unfortunately lost on a 1-4 split.
Not going home empty-handed, speakers from our national team won several top speaker awards in WSDC 2018. Kuberan Hansrajh Kumaresan was awarded the 10th Overall Best Speaker in the World as well as the 6th ESL (English as a Second Language) Best Speaker. On top of that, Kishen Sivabalan, as well as Joshua George Varughese, is tied at 10th for the ESL Best Speaker Award.
Team Malaysia this year has solidified their position as a debating powerhouse in the international debating arena. And this journey would also not be possible without the sponsorship from UEM Group Berhad and Haro Sports & Entertainment. Team Malaysia, as well as MIDP, is extremely grateful for the support that is given to our national team.
MIDP is recognized as the national debate expert under the Ministry of Education and is responsible for selecting, training and funding the Malaysian WSDC Team to attend the World Schools Debating Championships since 2012. Fast forward to the present, Malaysia has now climbed the WSDC World Rankings and is currently ranked Top 10 in the world. Malaysia has also climbed the ranks of other countries such as Canada, England and Australia under MIDP and has been promoted from Grade ‘B’ to ‘Grade A’, which is the highest tier of international school debating.