August 17, 2020 News & Events 0

The Tunku Abdullah Debate Challenge (“TADC”), jointly organised by St John’s International Secondary School and Direct English Malaysia, has been reformatted as TADC Online 2020.

TADC was expected to advance into its 3rd Edition this year but the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) implemented since June 10 has disrupted the highly anticipated event. As such TADC Online 2020 was organised in a ‘live’ network platform as an alternative event with the aim to continue engaging the student community and all the other stakeholders for the TADC.

TADC was created to honour the memory of the late Tunku Tan Sri Abdullah, son of Malaysia’s first Yang di-Pertuan Agong. The late Tunku Abdullah was celebrated for his success in the world of e-commerce, development and politics, as well as his generous charitable endowments and philanthropy.

TADC Chairman, Tunku Dato’ Seri (Dr) Iskandar Bin Tunku Abdullah said, “We had decided to name the debate challenge after my late father Tunku Abdullah Ibni Almarhum Tuanku Abdul Rahman, the son of Malaysia’s First Yang Di Pertuan Agong of Malaysia. He was a keen orator in his time and an adept debater himself putting those skills to good use when he was in government service politics for many years, as a Member of Parliament for 10 years, as well as a Government Back-Bench Whip back in the 1960s.”

TADC was established with the primary objectives of cultivating contemporary thinking skills among students and encouraging students to express their opinions that would help in the development of their public speaking skills.

In the last two editions in 2018 & 2019, TADC received participation from as many as 20 and 34 teams respectively and they were from the many secondary schools, both public and private, in the country.

Tunku Dato’ Seri (Dr) Iskandar added “Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we decided instead to hold this year’s TADC online. I hope it will be a successful format, and if so, who knows? This may become the way of the future to bring together teams that are unable to travel but yet be able to pit their debating skills against each other.”

TADC Online 2020 featured talks by a distinguished panel of speakers who include TADC Chairman, Tunku Dato’ Seri (Dr) Iskandar Bin Tunku Abdullah, and TADC 2018 & 2019 Grand Final Judges, Tunku Halim Bin Tunku Abdullah, a highly accomplished writer/novelist, and Mr Tony Collingridge OBE, Board Member of various UK-based organisations/institutions in Malaysia. Other speakers are Ms Jasbir Kaur, a former national debate adjudicator and Mr Nigel Amritch Dusnajh, a TADC Debate coach.

TADC Online 2020 also featured a debate showcase by two teams of debaters from St John’s International Secondary School and viewers also had a chance to participate in the TADC Write-A-Slogan Contest with prizes sponsored by Sasbadi Education Group.

All debaters received prizes in the form of free sitting for Linguaskill, the globally recognised English proficiency certification test by Cambridge Assessment English. Linguaskill is fully aligned to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) – the international standard for describing language ability and Cambridge Assessment English is part of University of Cambridge which is globally recognised by more than 20,000 leading universities, employers and governments.