First ever World Speech Day in Tawau

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TAWAU: Nine­teen pre­sen­ters, in­clud­ing 11 stu­dents aged be­tween 10 and 75 years took to the stage to present their views on is­sues cov­er­ing en­vi­ron­ment, econ­omy, lan­guage, gen­der in­equal­ity, re­la­tion­ship and pos­i­tive think­ing dur­ing a World Speech Day held at the Charis In­ter­na­tional School au­di­to­rium on March 15.

Or­gan­is­ing chair­man Lee Chye Ewe said more than 400 peo­ple at­tended the World Speech Day which is held through­out the world to of­fer op­por­tu­ni­ties for any­one to speak on the theme ‘For a Bet­ter World’.

Lee said Tawau had just made his­tory when for the first time ever a World Speech Day event was held in Malaysia, with Tawau be­ing hon­oured to host it.

Each speaker was given three to five min­utes to speak and were told to skip any salu­ta­tions or greet­ings to make full use of the time al­lo­cated for their speeches. This, in ef­fect, al­lowed the au­di­ence to lis­ten to 19 speeches in one go and in var­i­ous lan­guages.

“This is prob­a­bly the first time in his­tory that so many speeches were pre­sented within a 2½ hour pe­riod with­out any com­pe­ti­tion! The whole event was also streamed live through a mo­bile ap­pli­ca­tion Rings. tv from Sin­ga­pore as the event’s me­dia part­ner. Thus it en­abled in­ter­ested peo­ple around the world to watch the whole event us­ing their mo­bile devices.

“The World Speech Day Malaysia held in Tawau sends a strong mes­sage that in or­der to have a bet­ter world we must not point fin­gers at oth­ers but to start from our­selves, with our pos­i­tive think­ing, kind words and coura­geous ac­tions,” Lee ex­pressed.

In his clos­ing re­marks, Lee also shared how he took up the chal­lenge to or­ga­nize the event in only 15 days. How­ever, with Charis In­ter­na­tional School and its Gavel Club’s will­ing­ness to work to­gether and the Tawau mem­ber of par­lia­ment, Datuk Mary Yap Kain Ching gen­er­ously spon­sor­ing the event, it was geared all the way to great suc­cess. And a great suc­cess it turned out to be. All the speak­ers and the au­di­ence took the event pos­i­tively.

He thanked ev­ery­one for their sup­port which helped to make Tawau lead the way in voic­ing their views for a bet­ter world dur­ing the World Speech Day.

The re­sponse to the first World Speech Day was so over­whelm­ing that many have re­quested for it to be held again next year. Some even wanted to sign up as speak­ers right away.

In re­sponse, Charis In­ter­na­tional School agreed to host the event again next year and in­di­cated that it is even pre­pared to make it an an­nual event

Lee also ac­cepted the re­quest to be the or­ga­niz­ing chair­per­son once again. He was later in­formed by Mary that she would again spon­sor the event.

The youngest speaker, An­gel Liew Ai Tong, re­ceiv­ing her cer­tifi­cate of par­tic­i­pa­tion from Lee.

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