Da­nial wins in Ba­hasa sec­tion with speech on role of sov­er­eign ruler

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K.DHIRREN Amare­sha was a pic­ture of con­fi­dence as he de­liv­ered his speech at the Piala DiRaja Pub­lic Speak­ing com­pe­ti­tion, held in con­junc­tion with Sul­tan of Perak Sul­tan Nazrin Muiz­zud­din Shah’s birth­day.

With the ti­tle “The Royal In­sti­tu­tion: Cus­to­dian of Re­li­gion, Cus­toms and Cul­ture”, the SMK Methodist (ACS) Ipoh fifth for­mer won the hearts of judges with his elo­quence and emerged cham­pion in the English cat­e­gory fi­nals held at Perak FM au­di­to­rium on Satur­day.

Dhirren, who took home RM750, a tro­phy and a cer­tifi­cate, said he did not ex­pect to win as it was his first foray in a pub­lic speak­ing com­pe­ti­tion.

“The topic given is hard be­cause I was not fa­mil­iar with the royal in­sti­tu­tion. How­ever, af­ter do­ing some read­ing and re­search, I found this topic in­ter­est­ing.

“This is one the ad­van­tages that I’ve gained by join­ing this com­pe­ti­tion. It has im­proved my knowl­edge. It took me two weeks to pre­pare,” said Dhirren, who as­pires to be a lawyer.

He ded­i­cated the suc­cess to his par­ents and teach­ers for their end­less sup­port.

“With­out them, I wouldn’t be able to win this tro­phy. But the most ex­cit­ing thing is that I re­ceived this tro­phy from our sul­tan (of Perak). I couldn’t be hap­pier.”

The fi­nal com­pe­ti­tion was di­vided into two cat­e­gories, English and Ba­hasa Me­layu. Six par­tic­i­pants from sec­ondary schools in the state took part in the com­pe­ti­tion. C. Gaiyethiry and R. Ly­dia Jay­ati, from SMK Con­vent Teluk In­tan and SMK Treacher Methodist, Taip­ing, won sec­ond and third place, re­spec­tively.

In the Ba­hasa Me­layu cat­e­gory, Mo­ham­mad Da­nial Haikal Mohd Sauji, 17, from SMK Raja Per­maisuri Bainun Ipoh, came out tops.

Da­nial won over the jury with his speech ti­tled “Kon­sep Raja berdaulat memayungi pen­tad­bi­ran ker­a­jaan yang ter­atur” (The con­cept of a sov­er­eign ruler en­sur­ing or­der in govern­ment ad­min­is­tra­tion).

Muham­mad Zul Zarif Mohd Zakuan from SMK Ta­man Tasik Taip­ing took sec­ond place and Dayana Jalaludin from Seko­lah Sains Ba­gan Datuk won third place.

The com­pe­ti­tion was graced by Sul­tan Nazrin and his con­sort, Raja Per­maisuri Perak Tuanku Zara Salim.

Present were Perak Men­teri Be­sar Datuk Seri Dr Zam­bry Abd Kadir and Deputy Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Datuk P. Ka­malanathan.

Univer­siti Sul­tan Azlan Shah ViceChan­cel­lor Pro­fes­sor Tan Sri Dr Nordin Kardi was head judge.

The panel of judges in the Ba­hasa Me­layu cat­e­gory were Sime Darby Bhd non-in­de­pen­dent non-ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Tan Sri Dr Wan Mohd Zahid Mohd No­ordin, De­wan Ne­gara Perak mem­ber Datuk Seri Zainal Adzam Abd Ghani, and Univer­siti Ke­bangsaan Malaysia’s In­sti­tute of Eth­nic Stud­ies prin­ci­pal fel­low Prof Datuk Dr Teo Kok Seong.

In the English cat­e­gory, the panel of judges were New Straits Times group editor Yushaimi Ya­haya, Univer­siti Sains Is­lam Malaysia’s Fac­ulty of Ma­jor Lan­guages Stud­ies se­nior lec­turer Dr Su­raini Mohd Ali and Univer­siti Pen­didikan Sul­tan Idris’ Fac­ulty of Lan­guage and Com­mu­ni­ca­tion se­nior lec­turer Prof Datuk Dr Tunku Mo­hani Tunku Mo­htar.


K. Dhirren Amare­sha

(left) and Mo­ham­mad

Da­nial Haikal Mohd Sauji hold­ing up their tro­phies af­ter the Piala DiRaja

Pub­lic Speak­ing com­pe­ti­tion

in Ipoh on Satur­day.

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