Maktab Duli team winsMalay oratory competition

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MAKTAB Duli Pengiran Muda Al-Muhtadee Billah (Maktab Duli) emerged victorious in the finals of the 2016 Student Malay Language Speech Competition yesterday.

They bested Tutong Sixth Form Centre (PTE Tutong) with a score of 81.91 per cent at Dewan Raya, Radio Televisyen Brunei (RTB) in the capital.

The winning team also bagged home the top spot for the competition’s Best Chairperson and Best Panel.

Muhd Rabbani @ Muhd Suhaib Ramli, the chairperson for the Maktab Duli team told The Brunei Times that he was happy and grateful for the team’s victory as their “hard work paid off”.

“This (competition), not only, reinforces the use of Malay language among today’s youth but they also equip us with good communication skills for our future jobs and needs,” he said.

Muhd Rabbani went on to say that mastering spoken Malay has always been his passion since high school even though he is currently studying non-Malay medium subjects (Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics) at his school.

“My dream job is actually to be a TV host and these competitions hone my public speaking skills and move me closer to that dream,” said the Best Chairperson’s awardee.

The forum-style competition was the first of its kind organised by the Department of Co-Curriculum Education (JPKK) at the Ministry of Education for pre-university and Institute of Brunei Technical Education (IBTE) level.

Maktab Duli spoke on the topic ‘Malas Tah Ku Ingau: Rugi Siapa’ which touches on the negative impacts of (lazy) habits among people.

PTE Tutong’s topic ‘Masalah Sosial: Tanggungjawab Siapa?’ touched on how all stakeholders — both public and private sectors and the community — should bear the burden of social issues and work together in combating them.

Head jury of the competition, Ustaz Hj Mail Besar, told The Brunei Times that students still need to improve on their speech styles and delivery, although they excelled in other aspects of judging in content and language.

“They (students) need to further sharpen their skills when it comes to delivering their speech as it forms one of the most crucial features of effective communication in public speaking,” he said, adding that most students still refer to their notes while speaking during the competition.

“There were many weaknesses among competitors during the preliminaries and semi-finals, but Alhamdulilah, they kept on improving and we can see that these students have great potential in this field, given the right support and guidance,” added Ustaz Hj Mail.

Ustaz Hj Mail is a former champion of an International Pidato in 1995 in Kuala Lumpur.

Director of RTB Hj Muhammad Suffian Hj Bungsu presented the prizes to the competition’s winners and participants.

The Brunei Times