UTP Celebrates Victory In Debate Competition

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 17 (Bernama) -- Universiti Teknologi Petronas (UTP) Malay Junior team emerged as champion in the 20th Intervarsity ASTAR Open Debate competition defeating the International Islamic Universiti Malaysia's team.

The competition is one of the oldest and the most prestigious national Malay Debate competitions, organised by Universiti Malaya and was held from Feb 3 to Feb 6.

The competition featured 44 teams from various private and public higher institutions and out of the 44 teams, 21 teams competed in the Main Category while the remaining 23 were in the Junior category.

UTP Malay Junior Debate team was represented by Muhammad Rahmat Syafiq Zainal Abidin, Ariff Hakimi Chik, Mohamad Mustqakim Mohd Razali and Andi Mohd Syaiful Andi Radi and they walked away with trophies and cash prizes of RM3,000.

"Our success has always been underpinned by our dedicated team of advisors and the strong support from UTP management therefore we will make it our mission to contribute more to our debate team in future," Muhammad Rahmat Syafiq said in a statement.

UTP Malay Debate team was established in 2005 with Abdul Mutalib Embong, Muhammad Luqman Hasan and Aminur Rashid M Shariai as the advisors.

-- BERNAMA