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TAN SRI DATUK WIRA ABDUL RAHMAN ARSHAD CHALLENGE TROPHYPARLIAMENTARY STYLE ENGLISH LANGUAGE DEBATERULES AND GUIDELINES1. Name
Tan Sri Datuk Wira Abdul Rahman Arshad English Language Debate
2. Format
2.1 A team representing a school shall consists of 3 main debaters and2 reserves2.2 The proposition team is known as the Affirmative or the Government whilethe opposition team is known as the Negative or Opposition.2.3 Allocation of time and speaking order;AFFIRMATIVE NEGATIVE TIME1 1
st
Speaker 2 1
st
Speaker 8 minutes3 2
nd
Speaker 4 2
nd
Speaker 8 minutes5 3
rd
Speaker 6 3
rd
Speaker 8 minutes8 Reply Speech1
st
 / 2
nd
Affirmative7 Reply Speech1
st
 / 2
nd
Negative4 minutes2.4 The third debater from both teams shall not introduce any new arguments.Their role is mainly to rebut.2.5 While the debater is speaking the opposition team can offer ‘Point(s) ofInformation’ (formal interjections). The debater may accept or decline it.2.6 After all the debaters have spoken once, the 1
st
or 2
nd
debater for eachside gives a reply speech with the Negative’s Reply being delivered firstand the Affirmative second.
 
 3. Eligibility
3.1 The competition is open to all students from Form 1 5 from allGovernment-aided secondary schools Malaysia, excluding fully residentialschools.3.2 A school is allowed to send only one team to participate in thecompetition.3.3 Each team should comprise of at least one Bumiputera student who is aspeaking member of the team.3.4 Every member of a participating team should come from the same school.
4. Adjudication
4.1 All debates shall be adjudicated by an odd numbered panel of at least 3adjudicators.4.2 At National level competitions, a panel of 5 adjudicatorsshould adjudicate.4.3 Adjudicators should be briefed on the rules of adjudication 30 minutesbefore the debate.4.4 Adjudicators should not adjudicate the team from their ownschools/districts/states unless there is no adjudicators available.4.6 A debate is won by the team which scored a majority of votes from theadjudicators on the panel. Team marks or winning margins ofadjudicators are not to be added together to decide the winner.4.7 Immediately after a debate, the Speaker will collect the score sheets fromthe adjudicators. There should be no discussions among the adjudicatorswhen deciding the winner of the debate.4.8 Once the score sheets has been handed in, the adjudicators shall meetand confer to decide the Best Debater. They shall refer to the adjudicators’comment sheets to decide the winner.
 
5. Procedure of Debate
5.1 The Debate Process5.1.1 The debate topics will be given to the competing teams 2 weeksbefore the competition.5.1.2 The teams will draw the stand ONE hour before a debatecommences.5.1.3 The draw should take place as schedule on time.5.1.4 Any team that is late would have to inform the organizers within 5minutes of the scheduled time, failure of which, the team alreadypresent will be allowed to draw.5.1.5 A team which is late (more than 5 minutes without information onwhereabouts) would automatically take on the other position.5.1.6 The team will then be quarantined in their quarantine rooms forONE hour to prepare for the debate.5.1.7 Only the team members competing (3 main debaters and 2reserves) will be allowed in the quarantine room.5.1.8 The team is allowed to use only printed reference materials in thequarantine room. No electronic gadgets are allowed in.5.1.9 Teams are required to be seated at the debate venue (s) 5 minutesbefore the start of the debate.5.2 The Role of the Chairperson / Speaker5.2.1 Each team will be chaired by a Chairperson who will be addressedas Mr. Speaker or Madam Speaker.5.2.2 The Speaker is responsible for the smooth running of the debate.5.2.3 The Speaker will read out the rules of the debate and then proceedto introduce the timekeeper, adjudicators and debaters.5.2.4 The Speaker must refrain from making any comments concerningthe debate or debaters during the debate.5.2.5 The Speaker must ensure that the adjudicators must be givenenough time to fill in their marks before the next debater is called.

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