Pertandingan Pidato Bahasa Malaysia 2017

The five finalists having a photo session with the Head of CNBL.

(From left to right): Ms Karthiyani Shanmugam, Head of CNBL, Cheoh Soon Wuey Meii, Ahmad Nailul Izzi bin Sulaiman, Ms Kong Lee Fong, Head, Division of Mata Pelajaran Pengajian Umum, Siow Nan Yee, Kelly Katrina Lau Hui Min and Ooi Mei Chee.


Ooi Mei Chee, the champion of Pertandingan Pidato 2017 delivering her speech with confidence.


Students reciting a very meaningful poem.


Opening speech by Ms Karthiyani Shanmugam, Head of CNBL.


A group photo of the five finalists and all Nation Building (Mata Pelajaran Umum) lecturers.


The Division of Mata Pelajaran Umum, Centre for Nation Building and Languages (‘CNBL’) organised an impressive annual event, Pertandingan Pidato Bahasa Malaysia 2017 on 6 December 2017. The event was held at the Auditorium, Tun Tan Siew Sin Building. This annual event was initiated by CNBL since 2014. Five finalists confidently delivered their speech and touched the hearts of the adjudicators and audience. Based on the theme of the competition Aspirasiku, each participant shared their aspirations.

There were 57 students from various programmes and faculties who participated in the preliminary round. The judges were amazed by the ideas presented by the students. During the semi-final round, besides delivering their speech, the participants also had to answer questions posed by the judges. Eventually, only five participants were selected to move on to the final round.

Ms Karthiyani Shanmugam, Head of CNBL, in her speech highlighted the objective of the competition. She said: “We realised that the most important objective of this competition is to boost up the students’ confidence level and empower them with other soft skills.”

To motivate the students to hone their public speaking skills, CNBL prepared attractive prizes (books and cash vouchers) for all participants. The auditorium was brought to life with thundering applauses from all the 145-strong audience after each winner was announced. Ms Karthiyani Shanmugam gave away the Challenge Trophy, books sponsored by Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka and Institut Terjemahan Negara Malaysia Berhad and also a cash voucher to the champion of Pertandingan Pidato Bahasa Malaysia 2017, Ooi Mei Chee, a student of the Bachelor of Business (Hons) in Logistics and Supply Chain Management, with the topic entitled “Aspirasiku Sebagai Bangsa Malaysia”. The first runner-up went to Ahmad Nailul Izzi bin Shahriman, a student undertaking the Bachelor of Social Science (Hons) in Psychology with an interesting topic on “Ke Arah Membentuk Generasi Sihat Mental dan Emosi”. The second runner-up went to Siow Nan Yee, a student doing the Bachelor of Communication (Hons) in Journalism. Her speech title was “Aspirasiku-Salam Kepada Dunia”. Meanwhile, the two consolation prizes were won by Cheoh Soon Wuey Meii, a Diploma in Business (Accounting) student, and Kelly Katrina Lau Hui Min a student of the Bachelor of Business (Hons) in Human Resource Management. Cheoh Soon Wuey Meii delivered her speech on "Aspirasiku" and Kelly Katrina Lau Hui Min delivered her speech entitled “Impian Seorang Belia”.