KUALA LUMPUR: The Higher Education Ministry wants Higher Learning Institutions (IPT) in the country to set up pidato corners at their respective varsities to encourage public speaking and debate activities among students.
Deputy Minister of Higher Education Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah said IPTs are free to choose the format or type of pidato deemed suitable for their respective institution through consultation with the students affairs division.
“It does not necessarily be like the Speaker’s Corner which was set up in front of the University Malaya library and later followed by other universities during that time.
“What is important is that the pidato will serve as an informal platform for students to express their opinion and views on certain issues,” he told reporters after witnessing an Inter-Varsity Independence Pidato competition here yesterday.
The Bahasa Melayu category was won by Universiti Putra Malaysia’s (UPM) Amirrudin Abd Rahman while the English category winner was Universiti Teknologi Mara’s (UiTM) Ain Anissa Mohamed.
Both winners received RM5,000 cash, medals, certificates and a challenge trophy each.
“It will also serve as an avenue to discuss, deliberate and debate issues of mutual interest,” he said.— Bernama