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Monday, 3 November 2014

“CAN LAW SAFEGUARD HARMONY IN DIVERSITY?” Human Rights Day Speech Competition 2014

Human Rights Speech Competition 2014

In conjunction with the 2014 Human Rights Week Celebrations organized by UN, SUHAKAM, GMM, Bar Council and Proham, it gives us immense pleasure to inform you that PROHAM (Society for the Promotion of Human Rights) in collaboration with Brickfields Asia College is organizing a Human Rights Speech Competition to commemorate the World Human Rights Day on 10th December 2014.
The theme of the Human Rights Speech competition is “Can Law Safeguard Harmony in Diversity?” and is open to all law students in public and private colleges. The competition will be held at Brickfields Asia College, PJ Campus on Wednesday 10th December, 2014. 

Please refer to the attached guidelines for details on the rules and guidelines. The closing date for registration is November 20th, 2014 We look forward to your active participation to make the event a memorable one.
Yours sincerely,
Raja Singham                               Datuk Dr Denison   Jayasooria
Brickfields Asia College                Proham





Rules & Guidelines



1.            The United Nations office in Malaysia, the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (SUHAKAM), the Global Movement of Moderates (GMM), the Bar Council and the Society for the Promotion of Human Rights (PROHAM) are jointly hosting the 2014 Human Rights Day Celebrations (HRDC) in Malaysia.


2.            In conjunction therefore, PROHAM in partnership with the Brickfields Asia College (BAC) are jointly hosting a Public Forum, an online Human Rights Quiz for secondary school student and a Speech Competition for law students on the topic “Can law safeguard harmony in diversity?” on 10 December 2014 from 3 pm to 6 pm at the BAC Campus at Petaling Jaya.


3.            The Speech Competition is to promote awareness of Human Rights amongst undergraduate law students enrolled at public or private Universities and Colleges.


4.            Each Speech for the Competition shall be in the English Language on the topic “Can Law Safeguard Harmony in Diversity?”  which :-


4.1       shall be original and contain legal arguments; and


4.2       may focus on Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) and Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process in Malaysia; or


4.3       may refer to the Federal Constitution of Malaysia and Court judgments both foreign and local; or


4.4       may refer to anti discrimination legislation (if any) amongst Commonwealth countries any others; or


4.5       may refer to the Equal Opportunities Commission in the United Kingdom or the Community Conflict Resolution Mechanism in Singapore.


Please read the following carefully and ensure compliance thereto.


5.            All Speakers must be law undergraduates enrolled at any public or private university or College in Malaysia.


6.            All Speakers shall register online by 20 November 2014 on or before 28 November 2014 and pay the sum of RM10.00 to;


 “Brickfields Asia College Sdn Bhd”

Hong Leong Bank Account

A/C : 04800213048


Please email a copy of the receipt to


7.            There shall be chosen from all Speakers taking part in this Speech Competition, a Champion and two runner-ups who shall then present their speech at the Public Forum to be held on 10 December 2014 at 7.30 pm at BAC - PJ Campus.


8.            All Speakers will be awarded a Certificate of Participation or such other certificate or award as deemed fit by the Organizers.


9.            Subject to the number of Speakers who have registered, there may be qualifying rounds held from 3 pm to 6 pm on 10 December 2014.


10.         All Speakers shall orally present in the English language an original speech (defined as having done own research and scripting).


11.         Speeches shall be for 10 minutes and will be timed from the first word spoken.


12.         It is the duty of the timekeeper or the Judge to time each Speech. Time signals will be given in the following manner :-


12.1      end of the 6th minute         -  single ring of the bell;

12.2   end of the 9th minute         -  double ring of the bell;

12.3   end of the 10th minute       -  triple ring of the bell.


13.       All facts and figures used in the Speeches shall be accurate and all sources of quotes and references must be acknowledged by the Speaker.


14.       Plagiarism shall not be tolerated under any circumstances and will result in immediate disqualification. Even if subsequently discovered that a Speech or part or parts thereof was plagiarized, the Speaker shall forfeit and return any award or awards presented. The Organizers shall have the right to publicly announce the said forfeiture and demand the return of such award or awards.


15.       No abusive words or gestures shall be allowed and shall not be tolerated under any circumstances.


16.       All complaints regarding Rule violations may be made either orally or in writing to any of the Judges for the Competition.


17.       Speeches will be adjudicated by a minimum single Judge or an odd number of Judges at any level of the Speech Competition.


18.       Adjudication of Speeches will be based on the awards of 50 marks in two categories i.e. Content (60%) (as stated at Rule 4 herein above) and Manner which includes style, language, fluency and clarity (40%).


19.       All decision of the Judges shall be final and are not appealable.


20.       All speakers shall be personally responsible for the content of their speeches of the Organizers including PROHAM and BAC shall not be responsible or held liable for the content or conduct of the Speakers.



21.         There is no maximum or minimum age requirement for Speakers.


22.         Speakers may modify their Speech and present a completely different one for each level of competition should there be different levels of competition.


23.         Speakers will be attired in Court Chambers’ attire, please refer to


24.         Speakers will not use visual aids or other electronic media.


25.         Speakers will not use gimmicks (defined as any device or stunt used to distract or solicit participation from the audience, such as clothing, costumes, props, singing, use of background music or musical instruments, or leading a cheer or chant). 


26.         Gestures (defined as subtle physical action that is meant to highlight or support a point and which shall not distract the audience and shall not require any participation from the audience) are allowed.


27.         Each Judge may orally state the strengths and weakness of each Speaker and the score given for that Speaker at the end of each level of competition, subject to the discretion of the Judges.


28.         If there is a tie on the marks given, then the Judges shall decide to either declare two joint champions or reevaluate or review the scores given.


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