What is debate?
Debate, in essence, is simply the defence of an opinion or stand. It incorporates critical thinking with public speaking, as well as the ability to think on one’s feet (literally and figuratively). The reason why debating is an oft sought-after skill is that it trains people to think about issues from all possible angles and aspects. At IMU Debating Society, we recognise that debating is an excellent way to allow us to better ourselves as thinkers and speakers, and our society has been around for almost as long as the university, making us one of the oldest clubs in IMU.
We organise three tournaments yearly – Health Science Debate Open, IMU Debate Open, as well as the debate segment of IMU Cup. We also attend other intervarsity tournaments both locally and internationally, allowing our members to gain valuable exposure to the culture of debating inside and outside of Malaysia.
Local Inter-Varsity tournaments
UT MARA IV
Avicenna Medical Debate Competition
UKM Med Debate
United Asians Debating Championship
Australasian Debating Championship
Asians British Parliamentary
World Universities Debating Championship
Currently, we hold weekly trainings on Sundays, 2 pm to 5 pm, conducted by our external trainer Tariq Maketab, a practicing litigator with Lee Hishamuddin Allen & Gledhill. He has had an illustrious debating career, such as winning the 2006 Royals tournament and reaching the semifinals for the 2007 and 2010 Asian British Parliamentary tournaments. Maketab is an experienced adjudicator and coach as well, and you can be sure that you will learn a lot from him during our sessions!
The typical session comprises a round or two of debate, followed by adjudicator feedback in which Maketab teaches us how to refine our arguments and think about the debate motion from different perspectives. Once in a while, he has also provided crash courses in key topics such as International Relations.
On top of the training sessions with Maketab, there are currently plans to have an additional session on weekdays, to be conducted by senior debaters. Regardless of prior experience with debate, we encourage all interested parties to come for our trainings. All we need from you is enthusiasm and dedication to perfecting the art of debate.
UKM Med Debate 2014 Champions
Avicenna Debate 2014 Finalists
UKM Med Debate 2013 Champions
Avicenna Debate 2013 Champions
IMUDO 2013 Semi-finalists
HSDO 2013 Semi-finalists
ABP 2013 Pre-quarter finalists
KDU ProAms 2013 Quarter finalists
SMU Hammers 2013 Quarter finalists
Our 2014/15 committee are:
President: Leonard Goh Zhong Ning
Vice President: Lalina Priya Murugan
Treasurer: Nur Izzati Binti Rozali
Secretary: Safaa Bouheraoua
Training Coordinator: Wan Nuraisyah Azzahrah Binti Wan Zuki
Photo credits: Yiing-j Yap and Choo Wan Yee from IMU Photography Club