SMS Kuching Utara, the first East Malaysian school to win debate title after 44 years

SM Sains Kuching Utara became the first school from East Malaysia to win the prestigious debate title against other high performance school in the Peninsula. (From left) teacher Nadia Sadri Sham, Ahmad Zaki Ayman Ali Rahim, Ariz Syaqil Aizuddin, Nazmi Ahmad Nizar, and Ahmad Amsyar Khan Sarjankhan. - dayakdaily.com

KUCHING: SM Sains Kuching Utara created history after becoming the first East Malaysian school to win the Prime Minister’s Challenge Cup debate.

A feat never achieved by any school over this side of Malaysia in the past 44 years.

“We still can’t believe it. All we wanted was to reach the finals. That was our goal. But to take home the trophy is something these boys worked hard to achieve,” said English teacher Nadia Sadri Sham to dayakdaily.com.

The boys are, Nazmi Ahmad Nizar, Ahmad Zaki Ayman Ali Rahim, Ariz Syaqil Aizuddin and Ahmad Amsyar Khan Sarjankhan.

Nazmi also won the best debater title for this year.

“I can’t believe it. All we aimed for was to be in the finals because last year, we were knocked out in the semis. I guess what we sacrificed all these while pay off with this trophy in hand,” said Nazmi.

The school had to go through Sekolah Menengah Sains Hulu Selangor in the semis to be in the finals, where they met with Sekolah Sultan Alam Shah, with the motion “This House Would Introduce A Common Currency in Asian Countries.”

The Prime Minister’s Cup debating competition is part of the 44th Hari Kecemerlangan Sekolah Berasrama held in SM Sains Banting, Selangor from May 20 till 25 that saw 70 contingents nationwide contesting in the Bahasa Melayu and English categories.

Two other schools from Sarawak that took part in the competition includes SM Sains Kuching and SM Sains Miri.

Meanwhile, their trainers at INTRTXT on their Facebook page also congratulated the team.

“What started as an underfunded club, slowly evolved into a support system where parents cross subsidised debaters. The club became more than just another hobby, it’s now a family. In fact, without this family, INTRTXT probably wouldn’t have existed.”

“Today, SAKURA became the first champion of the Prime Minister’s Cup from East Malaysia, a feat never achieved in the past 44 years.

“It is by no means an accident. It is the result of a community working hard together. It is a community that realised they were underprivileged but learned to observe what are their strengths. It is a community that cared for each other and found ways to push each other.” said INTRXT on their page.

The team is expected to arrive Kuching International Airport from Kuala Lumpur at 9.25pm on board Malaysia Airlines MH2530. -dayakdaily.com