Reported by Toh Boon Kheng
This is not a scene from a television drama. Nor is it a scene in the Malaysian Bar Council. This is simply your average IMU Cup Debate Finals. The motion was ‘This House Will Abolish Prisons’. With teams Pegasus BR in opening government, Griffin NA in opening opposition, Taurus AS in closing government, and Draco SK in closing opposition, one can expect no less than an explosive finale on that Thursday night, on the 29th of October. Despite the heavy competition, there can only be one team in each spot. In the champion’s seat, Goh Ni Kol (ME214) and Ai Ven (BP112) brought pride to Griffin.
Meanwhile, Arjun (ME114) and Sree (ME115) from Taurus came in second, with Raaj (ME114) and Bryan (ME214) from Pegasus trailing closely in third. There was some humour to go around; “Butt sex is a scare tactic. It helps scare people from committing crime. We don’t condone it, but it does help deter (in response to a question about gang rapes in prison).” There was also some anger in the air; “Please use some logic before you say a Point of Information (POI). Don’t POI like a fool.” All in the name of sportsmanship. It was truly a ‘colourful’ night.
“You have had 400 years, why hasn’t it worked?! If your system is useless, why do we still have to put up with it?”
“We feel really, really happy. Because the competition was really tight this year, so we thought we could not defend our gold from last year,” said Ni Kol, “And super surprised when they announced we are winners,” continued Ai Ven. “Everyone was really intense and emotional. We were like, let’s just not get last,” described Ni Kol. “I think (we won) because Ni Kol is a very good speaker. She delivers the matter really well,” as Ai Ven praised of Ni Kol, who was announced as the Best Debater.
As advice to new, aspiring debaters in IMU, they both were pretty certain, “Join Debate Club!” Ni Kol followed up, “We have a proper coach, who really teaches you everything he can, and the club pays everything, so you can go for free. And we always send debaters for competition. It’s actually the competition that shaped both of us. Also, read up on a lot of stuff. Go BBC, read up things, stay updated.” “Debating is a lot like, when people ask you two plus two, you have to show the working. And that’s debating, it’s not the answer, four. So, like, it’s analysing it,” concluded Ni Kol.