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YB Khairy Jamaluddin: Debate Is The Way Forward

YB Khairy Jamaluddin: Debate Is The Way Forward

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Debate Is The Way Forward by YB Khairy Jamaluddin

The youth of today are tomorrow’s leaders. It is our responsibility to provide them with the opportunities to grow and to become the best they can be. My name is Khairy Jamaluddin and I believe the culture of debate is the way forward.

Lets talk about what happens in a tournament. Just as the military draw out offence strategies, debaters read and produce fact files. Lots of them! Thick files covering topics that ranges from societal dilemmas and international politics to education policies and medicinal morality. Reading is just one part of the equation. In tournaments such as Nationals, they only have 15 minutes to prepare for a debate. Debaters are who they are because of the rigorous training they put themselves through. It is a comprehensive exercise that builds character, thinking, language and mutual respect. It has the potential to create a pool of highly talented individuals.

I would like to take a moment to commend the achievements of the Malaysian Debating Community. Two Malaysian universities currently rank in the top 30 debating universities in the world. We just won the Asian British Parliamentary Debating Championship. We have ranked in the top teams at the World Universities Debating Championship for two years in a row. Even at the high school level, Malaysians have become Champions of the Asian World Schools Championships for two years in a row and are ranked top 5 in the world.

So how do we as a nation benefit from this? I believe that debating creates critical thinkers, confident advocates and more importantly creates tolerance amidst diversities. It has the potential to create individuals with a wider perspective on issues, and the strength of mind to react in a mature manner to differences of opinions. Debating has the potential to create capable and intelligent young leaders and this is what we need. I would like to encourage the youth of Malaysia to be part of this culture. Every generation will have its differences, and our future leaders must be able to engage each division in a rational and intellectual manner to bridge the gaps between us and bring this nation together.

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