The final round of the Brunei Darussalam National Public Speaking (Pidato) Competition was held at the Language and Literature Bureau (DBP) at Old Airport, Berakas yesterday.
Abdul Wafi bin Haji Abdul Rahman from Religious Teachers University College of Seri Begawan (KUPU SB) scored the hearts of judges by winning the competition with 84 points.
He walked home with a BND1,000 cash prize and a trophy. First runner-up went to Awangku Md Nukman bin Pengiran Md Salimin from Sengkurong Sixth Form Centre, with 82 points followed by Muhammad Iqbal Syakib bin Haji Suhib from University Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA) who scored 75 points.
They received a cash prize of BND700 and BND500 respectively. Meanwhile, three consolation prizes of BND150 were also presented to other speakers.
All six finalists also received certificates of participation, books published by the DBP along with prizers from corporate sponsors. On hand to present the prizes was Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Awang Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin.
Participants spoke on topics including Belia Dalam Revolusi Industri 4.0, Bahasa Melayu Bahasa Kita, Belia Pemangkin Pelastarian Budaya Bangsa, Bahasa Melayu Dalam Arena Digital and Belia Siaga Masa Depan.
The competition highlighted the importance of developing the potential of youth through public speaking, focussing on current and domestic issues in standard Malay Language.
It also aimed to hone their skills and encourage participants to brainstorm and express their ideas while at the same time prepare them in this fast-paced changing global landscape.
Apart from that, it also promoted confidence, critical thinking and cultural understanding, broadening participants’ horizons and opportunities.
The event also saw the presentation of awards by the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) to representatives from the Brunei History Centre for the Cultural Project in Bandar Seri Begawan in conjunction with the Capital of Islamic Culture 2019.
ISESCO also presented the Incentive Prize for the Traditional Industries and Handicraft to representative from Asnika Gallery for their participation.