UUM ONLINE: Mr. Chee Wee Sen was named the runner-up of the Malay Oratory Contest for the Non-Malay Students of the Public Institutions of Higher Learning / Private Institutions of Higher Learning Northern Zone 2018 in conjunction with the Northern Zone National Language Decade Movement Tour 2018, held at the Kedah State Public Library, Alor Setar.
The competition which was organized by Institute of Language and Literature (DBP) is open to non-Malay students in the north zone namely Penang, Kedah, Perlis and Perak.
"I am truly excited and did not expect to be crowned as the runner-up, this excitement cannot be described in words only those who know how much time I spent and persistence I put in to achieve this success will understand how I feel.
"I wish to thank the Almighty as well as my family and friends for their prayers, not forgetting the Director of the UUM Debate, Advocacy and Oratory Unit, Mr. Muhammad Hafiz Badarulzaman, Dr. Nur Hasimah and Mdm. Asiah Said, who also contributed greatly to this victory.
According to the 22-year-old student of the Business Administration programme, the contest was able uplift the dignity of the Malay Language amongst the non-Malay students whilst the students' talent in speech and oratory become recognised.
The competition was divided into two sessions namely a 7-minute speech based on the participant’s own prepared text which was later followed by a Q & A Session, where participants were given 2 minutes to answer the questions posed to them.
"The competition was very intense as this contest not only attracted Chinese and Indian students but there were also Borneo and Sarawak ethnic groups whose speech are closer to the Malay pronunciation compared to Mandarin and Tamil which are much more different," he said.
However, he admitted that the competitor who made him extremely apprehensive was Mr. Wong Xian Jun, an engineering student from Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) who was eventually crowned as Champion.
Meanwhile, fellow lecturer from the School of Education and Modern Languages (SEML), Dr. Nor Hasimah Ismail congratulated and expressed her elation on the UUM orator’s energetic winning presentation.
She described the programme as a catalyst that will encourage the society mainly the non-Malay students to participate in more linguistics programmes such as this whilst enliven the spirit of love towards the national language.
Translated by Mahaliza Mahadhir