Tengku Ahmad Rithaudeen Awards in Speech Writing
The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNMC) and the United Nations Association of Malaysia (UNAM) are pleased to announce the second Tengku Rithaudeen Award.
The Award is named in honour of the Founding member of UNAM,
YBM Tengku Sri Maharaja Tengku Tan Sri Ahmad Rithauddeen Ibni YAM Tengku Mek Haji Ismail. Tengku Rithaudeen served as Minister in several portfolios in the Malaysian government and was named an Ambassador for Peace in 2005.
Students in SPM, A Levels or Foundation Programmes are eligible to enter.
The questions and criteria for this Award are:
Topic: Should Malaysia accede to the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees?
A refugee, according to the 1951 Convention, is someone who has a well-founded fear of being persecuted for
reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country
of his nationality, and is unable to, or owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country.
Malaysia is not party to the United Nations Convention relating to the Status of Refugees (1951, amended 1967).
Yet, it shows good will. Recently it has agreed to accept 3,000 refugees from Syria. And nearly 150,000 refugees recognised by the United Nations High Commission on Refugees already reside here. Many more seek refugee status
in the country. Many fear that accepting refugees will place a burden on national resources, while others see that refugees could assist alleviate Malaysia’s labour shortages. Others simply believe that Malaysia should abide by international norms regarding the treatment of refugees, while others fear that major refugee intakes could alter the country’s ethnic composition, and lead to greater crime and insecurity. Do you think it would be Malaysia's benefit to ratify the 1951 Convention?
- The submission should not exceed 1,000 words;
- Why people seek asylum in foreign countries;
- Concrete examples to suggest solutions or improvements;
- Role of the UNHCR is protecting people;
- Arguments for and against ratification;
- The situation of refugees in Malaysia;
- Acknowledges other people’s ideas by of bibliography; and
- Creative and bold.
The competition is open to all first year and pre-university students (including those currently enrolled in A level,
STPM, UEC, international schools, foundations and other pre-university programmes) in Malaysia. Submission must
be by a single author.
The following prizes will be awarded:
- First prize: RM 1,500.00
- Second prize: RM1,000.00
- Third prize: RM500.00
- The winning submissions will be selected by a panel of judges from the University of Nottingham and the United Nations Association of Malaysia. The judges will also name for commendation five (5) further entries.
- Only one (1) entry per student is permitted.
- Entries to the competition must be unique (i.e. not published elsewhere or submitted to other essay competition) and original in content. Entries found to contain plagiarism will be disqualified. A bibliography acknowledging references to existing work is required.
- Submissions as well as a completed entry form signed by the author should be
sent via email (as attachment in word or pdf format) to UNAM_Awards@nottingham.edu.my.
The deadline for submission is 18th October 2016, Tuesday by 23:59