DHIRREN’S TALK ON ROYALTY A WINNER
Danial wins in Bahasa section with speech on role of sovereign ruler
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.