The National Youth Debate Tournament was held to instill intellectual prowess and critical thinking among the younger generation. Departing from convention, this event transcended geographical boundaries, embracing a virtual format that seamlessly brought together young minds from a multitude of 30 participating teams, spanning universities and secondary schools across Malaysia. Central to the tournament's purpose was to surpass the mere determination of winners. The event was a platform to empower youth through intellectual discourses.
This tournament was not only to heighten awareness of contemporary issues, but also to foster critical thinking regarding government policies. This year, the Universiti Poly-Tech Malaysia (UPTM) hosted the tournament with support from the Malaysian Institute of Translation and Book, and the Institute of Language and Literature. The tournament's pinnacle was marked by an illustrious panel of judges convened for the final round. Among them was Dr. Ahmad Mustaqim Yusoff, Senior Lecturer in the Master of Counselling Programme at Taylor's University, who lent his wisdom to the judgment process. A luminary in the fields of youth development and intellectual discourse, his presence enriched the proceedings.
Complementing his expertise were representatives from eminent institutions, including the Department of Statistics Malaysia, Royal Malaysian Customs Department, Institute of Language and Literature, and the Malaysian Research Accelerator for Technology and Innovation. Dr. Ahmad Mustaqim Bin Yusoff's involvement extended beyond adjudication. As a person into youth development, mental health, and policy dynamics, his input was keenly anticipated. Throughout the tournament, he dispensed invaluable commentary and recommendations, spurring participants to embrace novel viewpoints and encouraging proactive involvement in shaping the nation's trajectory.
The grand finale, the apex of a series of spirited debates, witnessed a riveting clash between Universiti Pertahanan Nasional Malaysia (UPNM) and Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM). The duel encapsulated the brilliance and eloquence that the nation's youth brings, with a comprehensive grasp of current issues in Malaysia. This tournament held significance in nurturing intellectual maturation and establishing a platform for youth to contribute cogently to discussions on matters of national importance.