Winners of the Gandhi Memorial Trust Debate 2016: Taylor’s Law students, Sebastian Su Kar Wai and Nur Nadhirah Syahmi bt Abdullah Zawawi
Taylor’s Law School students, Sebastian Su Kar Wai and Nur Nadhirah Syahmi bt Abdullah Zawawi put up a fiery display of wit and oratory skills to emerge as the National Champions of Gandhi Memorial Debate 2016 held on 26 November 2016. They beat the HELP University team at the finals that was held at the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration (KLRCA).
A total of 10 teams from Taylor’s University, Help University, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), University of Malaya (UM), Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin (UniSZA) and Advance Tertiary College (ATC) participated in this year’s competition. The preliminary rounds of the competition was held on 24 September 2016 and the semi-finals was on 15 October 2016. Both the preliminaries and the semi-finals were held at Olympia College.
Sebastian Su and Nur Nadhirah debated opposing the motion “There is no room for Gandhian economics in today’s free market economy on which we depend” against Help University team and impressed the judges with their eloquent and convincing arguments to emerge as the national champions. Universiti Teknologi MARA came in as the second runner-up.
The duo walked away with a challenge trophy and certificates. Judges in the final rounds were Dato’ Saifuddin Abdullah, Datin Faizah Jamaludin, and Dato’ Mahadev Shankar.
The debate competition was organized by the Gandhi Memorial Trust Malaysia in cooperation with ZICO Holdings with the aim to stimulate the capacity for critical and constructive thinking among the younger generation and the need for society to strive for consensus, and to ensure a healthy and vibrant environment conducive to the progress of human civilization.