Mohammad Riduqan bin Johari of the Cosmopolitan College of Commerce and Technology won first place in the finals of the Brunei Darussalam National Malay Language Oratory Competition, held on Thursday at the Sarmayuda Hall of the Language and Literature Bureau (DBP).
The competition was held in conjunction with the 37th National Day celebrations under the same theme of Menjayakan Wawasan Negara.
Second place went to Mohammad Rahimi bin Muhammad Fadhilah, third place to Norafifah binti Haji Latif of the Hassanal Bolkiah Arabic Boys Secondary School and fourth place to Muhammad Iqbaal Syakib bin Haji Suhib of Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA).
Cash prizes of BND800, BND600 and BND400 were presented to the first, second and third-place winners, while the fourth-place winner received the consolation prize of BND150.
Each winner also received a plaque, books published by DBP and a certificate.
The prizes were presented by Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin.
The minister also presided over the launch of several new books published by DBP.
Earlier, Acting Director of DBP Suip bin Haji Abdul Wahab said, “DBP provides multiple platforms for engaging youth to join in on the efforts to empower the Malay language in the country, including through the art of public speaking, based on the complete use of the Malay language.”
He added, “Oratory competitions play an important role in supporting the empowerment of the Malay language, by identifying a speaker who can plan and ensure arguments and organise ideas systematically with the use of effective and prudent language, so that each presented idea can be clearly understood.
“This competition is one of the best fields to produce an orator among the youth who are able to communicate, debate and evaluate a brilliant idea, based on the pure and steady use of the Malay language.”
Twelve participants were involved in the preliminary stages of the competition, with only four advancing to the finals.