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Ahad, Februari 25, 2024



KOTA KINABALU: Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) A emerged as runner-up in the North Borneo International Intervarsity Open: The Alcohol Debate (TAD) 2020 online debate competition held on 12-13 December 2020.

The UMS A team, represented by the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (FPSK), had earlier emerged as winners in their respective league by trouncing other varsity debating teams in the group rounds.

In the semi-finals, UMS A which was helmed by Nurul Firzanah Mohd Darwis, Kuhaneshvaren Elanggovan and Jivanarajahn Rajendra Kumar defeated their Universitas Gadja Madah (UGM) Indonesia opponents with their solid points and flawless arguments.

UMS A was however defeated by a more experienced Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) B team in a very closely-contested final in the debate tournament.

The inaugural competition, conducted online via the Zoom application platform, was organised by the Asian Medical Students’ Association Universiti Malaysia Sabah (AMSA UMS) in collaboration with the Association for the Prevention of Alcohol Misuse (APAM).

The debating event witnessed the participation of 10 teams from UPM, International Medical University (IMU), Persatuan Pendebat Pulau Pinang (The FACTS), University of Cyberjaya along with the Indonesian teams from Universitas Gadja Madah (UGM) and University of Nahdlatul Surabaya. The objectives of TADA 2020 among others were to raise awareness on the issues of alcohol use, misuse, marketing and legislation which served as the central topics of the debate tournament.

The Dean of the FPSK, Prof. Dr. Mohammad Saffree Jeffree, expressed his pride on the achievement of his faculty’s debating team. “I am indeed proud with our debaters for their stellar performance which has definitely placed UMS in the spotlight.”

“The team’s performance in this debate shows that UMS medical students are not only able to heal but also have the ability to organise programmes, possess confidence and practise enviable leadership skills,” he added.

FPSK Deputy Dean (Student Affairs & Community Network) Prof. Dr. Azizan Omar viewed the debate tournament as timely. “It provided an avenue for discussion and mature sharing based on intellectual points and perspectives on the issue of alcohol,” he said.

For the record, the FPSK Debating Team was trained by Dr. Nicholas Pang Tze Ping, a psychiatrist and also Deputy Director (Clinical) of UMS Hospital.