War of Words & the Art of Advocacy
Dubbed a “War of Words” BAC’s first annual Speech Competition was not so much a war, as a friendly battle of wits. The ancient skills of rhetoric and advocacy is sometimes thought of as a dry academic exercise. But we, at BAC, believe in teaching our young aspiring lawyers to realise just how powerful words can be.
The War of Words competition is a weekly co-curricular where competitors present a topic vide a one-minute application on controversial subjects in front of a live audience and then defend his or her position on the said topic. This month’s competition was sponsored by Messrs. Raja Darryl & Loh, Advocates & Solicitors.
Held over the month of October, 6 students were selected to participate in the Grand Finale held on October 20th 2016. These 6 competitors presented their one minute speeches in front of a panel of esteemed judges comprising Mr. Christopher Foo (Partner at Raja Darryl & Loh Advocates & Solicitors), Ms. Anne Shyamala, Ms. Shizreen Farina, Dr James Omphs and Puan Suraiya Abd Samad from BAC.
Aw Yee Chen, Lee Kok Hau and Praven Mahentharan won First, Second and Third Place respectively and were highly commended for their sincerity and strong argumentation. Aw Yee Chen particularly impressed the judges with her impassioned speech on “The existence of vernacular schools as per the Constitution”.