KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia July 6 (NNN-Bernama) After a run of five successful years with strong participation, the International Open Arab Language Debate Competition will take centre stage again end of this July at the International Islamic University of Malaysia (IIUM) in Gombak here.
This year’s event, to take place from July 27-30, will be the sixth edition of the debate which was originally launched as the Maal Hijrah Arab Language Debate Championship in 2013.
Organised by IIUM’s Arabic Debating and Public Speaking Club, it will also be the second year, where the debate will be opened to international participants.
The club’s President, Zubair Mohd Redza said the change in the name of the competition, which was made last year, was intended to encourage participants from other countries and whose first spoken language was not Arab.
Last year, we received applications from Singapore, Indonesia, Brunei and Jordan, he told Bernama recently.
The participants, whose mother tongue was not Arab, included from the Yarmouk University, Jordan, Universitas Islam Indonesia (UII), Indonesia, Madrasah Aljunied, Singapore and Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA) from Brunei, he said.
Registration for this year’s debate will be opened until July 13.
Among prizes up for grab in the competition include RM3,000 cash for the champion in the University Category, and RM1,500 for the runner-up.
Last year, the organisers also introduced the Secondary School category with a cash prize of RM2,000 for the winner and RM1,500 for the second place.
Winning university debating teams in the past include teams from IIUM and Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM).
Among others, the competition will also offer prizes for the best overall debater and the best debater in the finals.
Zubair also hoped the competition will provide an avenue for students to promote the use of the Arab language.
He said the debates could also promote the culture of discussing differences in views in a civil manner, while exposing students to current issues.
He also stressed the importance of learning the Arab language which is acknowledged worldwide.
Further details on the event can be obtained by calling 019-2036527.NNN-BERNAMA
Source: NAM News Network