Best debaters in the world to converge in Malaysia.

Putrajaya: The World Universities Peace Invitational Debate (“WUPID”) returns as Quest International University Perak (“QIUP”) revives the championship as title sponsor of QIUP WUPID 2017.  First launched in 2007, WUPID is an exclusive debating championship that is exclusive to only the top 20 debating universities around the world. The championship is targeted at promoting discourse related to global peace and social justice. QIUP WUPID 2017 will take place at Ipoh, Perak from December 08 – 12, 2017.

“WUPID has a strong following among the global debating community and we are thrilled to sponsor the event and bring it to Perak this year. The vibrancy of thoughts and ideas that is celebrated and reflected in this event is the exact quality that QIUP embraces and promotes in its vision to become one of the region’s leading university.”

Attracting only the best debating talents in the world, and marked by high quality debate topics regarding to peace and social justice, the acceptance and recognition of WUPID has been phenomenal and individuals, groups and communities have embraced it with much enthusiasm over the years.

“The Ministry views activities like debating as rewarding and fundamental to the development of a wholesome student. These view are echoed with the introduction of the iCGPA, which is a performance measure that integrates activities like debating in a student’s overall assessment. I’m confident that participants are in for an exciting and memorable experience and very pleased that QIUP is playing a major role in reviving this championship,” said Dato’ Seri’ Idris Jusoh, Minister of Higher Education, Malaysia.

QIUP WUPID 2017 has confirmed the participation of debate teams from the University of Sydney – current world champions, and University of Oxford – currently ranked 1st at the world championship. The two Malaysian universities that have qualified to take part at the championship are International Islamic University, Malaysia (“IIUM”) and Universiti Teknologi MARA (“UTMARA”).

More information on QIUP WUPID 2017 can be found on and Join in the chat using #LoseYourselfToDebates and #QIUPWUPID.

Scenes from the QIUP WUPID 2017 Soft launch and Press Conference:


L to R: Nicholas Goh (Chief Operating Officer, Quest International University, Perak), Zaheer Merchant (Council Member, Quest International University, Perak), Dato’ Seri Hj. Idris Jusoh (Minister of Higher Education, Malaysia), Daniel Hasni Mustafa (Co-Founder, World Universities Peace Invitational Debate) and Dr. Chandran Somasundram (Chief Adjudicator, QIUP WUPID 2017).


L to R: Leeroy Ting (Debater, Universiti Malaya), Jasmine Ho Abdullah (Debater, Universiti Teknologi MARA), Nicholas Goh (Chief Operating Officer, Quest International University, Perak), Dato’ Kamel Mohamad (Deputy Secretary General, Ministry of Higher Education), Zaheer Merchant (Council Member, Quest International University, Perak), Dato’ Seri Hj. Idris Jusoh (Minister of Higher Education, Malaysia), Daniel Hasni Mustafa (Co-Founder, World Universities Peace Invitational Debate) and Dr. Chandran Somasundram (Chief Adjudicator, QIUP WUPID 2017), Shahibzada Mubashir Noor (Debater, Quest International University, Perak) and Jessica Musulin (Debater, Australian National University).




40 teams to compete at the inaugural QIUP National BP Novice Debating Competition.

Approximately 120 debate enthusiasts from universities and schools around the country will compete at the inaugural QIUP National BP Novice, which runs from August 12 to August 13, according to latest statistics from the registration and tabulation committee from the Malaysian Institute for Debate and Public Speaking (MIDP).

The committee announced the latest numbers of participants on Monday morning after the registration for participation closed as the tournament has reached it’s team cap of 40. According to the announcement, a total of 40 teams registered for the QIUP National BP Novice, representing 120 participants, which include 80 debaters and 40 adjudicators.

A breakdown of the registration data shows that the tournaments has attracted participants from 13 universities and 9 secondary schools, with participation coming from as far as Sabah.

The organizing committee said it was very pleased to see a great response, especially when the tournament is fairly new and hosted outside of the Klang Valley.

IIUM commissions WUPID Overall Best Speaker trophy and renames it after the late Dr. Muhammad Arif Zakaullah.

If this trophy were to be renamed, it only makes sense that it would be rebranded in memory of the late Dr. Muhammad Arif Zakaullah.

Dr. Arif’s vision of a sustainable institution for critical discourse and speech led him to a long involvement with IIUM’s debating unit – SPICE. He was instrumental in the formation of the unit and its expansion into becoming a globally recognised debating institution. What strikes most people about Dr. Arif, is his unquenchable thirst and devotion towards debating excellence. You can clearly see this through the IIUM debaters during his leadership at SPICE. They hate to lose. And they hate it with a passion.

Dr. Arif’s contribution in debating was also extended beyond IIUM and received throughout the country. IIUM’s dominance in debating not only made it an institution that was feared in competitions, it made IIUM a benchmark and referral point for the nurturing and development of debating for many universities within the country. Debating quickly became a fashion, with IIUM as the trend setter.

IIUM now remains a dominant and sustainable force in Malaysian debating. Their dominance have reached international scales with historic successes at Asians and Australs, reaching the grand finals of the World Championships and making significant impacts in tournaments like the Oxford and Cambridge IV. This may all be achieved after Dr. Arif’s departure from IIUM, but it is certainly all due to the solid foundation carved by the founding director of SPICE.

In memory of his devotion to debating excellence, the Overall Best Speaker Award of the World Universities Peace Invitational Debate will now bear his name – Dr. Muhammad Arif Zakaullah Memorial Trophy.

Featured image courtesy of Aizuddin Danian, former IIUM debater. You can also read more about Dr. Arif in his blogpost here.

[Revised] Minister Of Higher Education Malaysia To Officiate The Return Of The World Universities Peace Invitational Debate.

Revision: The date for the launch has been moved to August 15, 2017 from 4:00pm – 5:30pm. Venue remains at Everly Hotel, Putrajaya. Sorry for any inconvenience caused.

The organising committee of the QIUP World Universities Peace Invitational Debate is pleased to announce the official return / media launch of the World Universities Peace Invitational Debate (“WUPID”) by the Minister of Higher Education, Malaysia Dato’ Seri Haji Idris bin Jusoh.

The media launch will take place on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at Everly Putrajaya from 2:00PM to 4:00PM. The events is opened to the public.

More than 120 university debaters from 20 top debating universities, from Malaysia, Philippines. India, United Kingdom, North America, Oceania and Europe will attend QIUP WUPID 2017, including the highest ranked team at the World championship, University of Oxford; and the University of Sydney, the reigning World champions.

The return of WUPID is anticipated as the commercial rights for the event are now returned to the co-founders upon it being leased to Yayasan Orator back in 2012. QIUP WUPID 2017 will be the seventh championship since it’s inception in 2007.

QIUP WUPID Organising Chairman, Daniel Hasni Mustafa said: “We wish to thank the Minister for agreeing to graciously officiate the media launch. Upon our return, we had discussions of relocating the tournament elsewhere. But we view Malaysia as an important market as it has proven to be a significant hub for development of competitive debating. It is also home to two top-ranked debating universities, a progressive institution dedicated to competitive debating excellence – Malaysian Institute for Debate and Public Speaking (MIDP) and home to all three co-founders. We recognise that discourse is a key driver for social and political growth, and as Malaysia continues to move towards a high-value, knowledge-based economy with a strong focus on nation building, discourse such as debating will play a crucial role to raise the overall efficiency, productivity and social balance of the nation.”

In conjunction with the official return and media launch of the QIUP WUPID 2017, the organisers will also showcase an exhibition debate that will feature a topic related to university rankings.

To find out more about the media launch, visit the Facebook event page here.



QIUP WUPID Appoints Dr. Chandran As Chief Adjudicator.

QIUP World Universities Peace Invitational Debate (QIUP WUPID) has appointed Dr. Chandran Somasundram as the Chief Adjudicator for 2017.

This was confirmed by a statement on the official Facebook of QIUP WUPID last night.

Dr. Chandran is the head coach of debating at Universiti Malaya, which is also bidding for the Australasian Intervarsity Debating Championships (AUSTRALS) 2018.

“Dr. Chandran has been actively involved in debating from the early 1990s to this very day. He has extensive experience as a member of an adjudication core and was appointed the Deputy Chief Adjudicator for WUPID back in 2008. We believe that his experience will be good for QIUP WUPID 2017,” said the statement.

Dr. Chandran’s major task is to develop contemporary and fair debate motions together with his deputy chief adjudicators.



Don’t Debate If You Haven’t Read This: Finland Is Really Good At Stopping Bullying. This Is How They’re Doing It.

Date: 2 July, 2017
Author: James Gaines
Publication: Upworthy

Imagine you’re back in middle school or high school. The bell just rang, so you’re walking to your next class, minding your own business.

Then you walk around the corner and see this:


What would you do?

Unfortunately, this is a pretty common scene.

About a fourth to a third of all students report that they’ve been bullied in school.

And while a single bad encounter might be easy to brush off, bullying often doesn’t happen just once. For many kids, it’s a long, awful campaign of continual harassment, injury, and exhaustion.

Even the most resilient kids can have trouble dealing with that. And bullying can also cause depression, anxiety, health complaints, and even dropping out of school. It’s not great.

So back to that question: If you saw bullying, what would you do?

Read the rest here.

Sample Debate Motion:

This house believes that doing to much about bullying is equally as bad as doing too little.

Don’t Debate If You Haven’t Read This is a series of selected articles found online that we deem reading essentials prior to WUPID. The collection of sample debate motions from these series will be shared via the Motion Bank.

Mifzal Mohammed Appointed QIUP WUPID 2017 Deputy Chief Adjudicator

Mifzal Mohammed has been appointed as the Deputy Chief Adjudicator, QIUP WUPID announced Saturday morning. Mifzal will join Ameera who was appointed last week.

QIUP WUPID Project Director Dr. Saiful Amin said Mifzal is an outstanding debater and we are pleased to have him join QIUP WUPID’s adjudication core.

“He’s a key part of the Universiti Teknologi MARA (UTMARA) debating team which has enjoyed fantastic success in recent years,” said Saiful.

“They were ranked second in the last Amsterdam Worlds 2016/17, with Mifzal personally ranked the fourth best speaker of the tournament. He is also the Co-Chief Adjudicator for the upcoming Mexico Worlds 2017/18 which is obviously special for him and UTMARA. We look forward to having him join our team.”

The appointment leaves the number of seats for the Deputy Chief Adjudicator role to two, with Ashish Kumar as one of the favourites for the position.

QIUP WUPID Partners With Ipoh’s Heritage Brand, Mr OJ

You may or may not have seen Mr. OJ fresh fruit juices in your local 7-11 or convenience store. But this quirky heritage brand from Ipoh is now a partner of QIUP WUPID 2017.

Dr. Saiful Amin, Co-Founder and Project Director of QIUP WUPID, comments: “We are very impressed by Mr OJ’s successful track record and their high quality fresh juices. This partnership illustrates our strategy of partnering with dynamic entrepreneurs from Ipoh who embodies great passion for authentic, high-quality crafted premium products and who has the capacity to further extend our brand presence as a heritage event.”

About Mr. OJ

Mr OJ is a brand that strives to produce fresh and delicious fruit juices, hence our tagline “Always Fresh”.

We are strategically located at Kong Heng Square Artisan Market, right in the heart of Ipoh Old Town. With a strategic location and precise strategies, we are able to capture the hearts of our customers who come from near and far.

We are committed to deliver the 3 Nos – no added sugar, no colouring, and no preservatives. As such, our fruits are sourced locally and processed to become the finest quality of fresh juices. This is to ensure our customers will enjoy the best quality fresh juices with all the nutrients that come with the fruits.

Don’t Debate If You Haven’t Read This: The Gulf Crisis: Royal Ambitions And Shaky Alliances

Date: 16 June, 2017
Author: Galip Dalay
Publication: Al Jazeera

The scale, scope and causes of the Gulf crisis have been perplexing even for keen observers of the region’s political scene. The architects of the blockade against Qatar are conducting a large-scale campaign of public diplomacy, tailoring different messages to different audiences in order to legitimise their moves and frame as acceptable what is really absurd.

While charges of Qatar having purported links with radical Islamist movements are meant to appeal to Western audiences, the accusations that Qatar has secret and intricate links with Iran is aimed at appealing to the Sunni Arab audience given its growing dislike of Iran thanks to the role it plays in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Lebanon. Then, after Iran and Turkey offered their support for Qatar, it appears that this time the same bloc has aimed at stirring up Arab nationalist sentiment against Qatar. The UAE’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar bin Mohammad Gargash has accused Qatar of seeking the backing of two non-Arab states in the region. Fearmongering has been on full display during this recent campaign.

Read the rest here.

Sample Debate Motion:

This house believe that the Qatar blockade is poorly justified.

Don’t Debate If You Haven’t Read This is a series of selected articles found online that we deem reading essentials prior to WUPID. The collection of sample debate motions from these series will be shared via the Motion Bank.

Ameera Natasha Moore: QIUP WUPID Appoints Queensland Australs Deputy Chief Adjudicator As Member Of Their Adjudication Core.

QIUP WUPID has confirmed the appointment of former International Islamic University Malaysia debater, Ameera Natasha Moore as their member of the adjudication core.

Dr. Saiful Amin said: We are delighted to announce that Ameera has been appointed as the Deputy Chief Adjudicator for this year, but hope to have her on board for a longer period of time for possible capacity building engagements. Ameera, who expects to sign a two-year contract with QIUP WUPID, will be unveiled at a media conference in Putrajaya on July 26, 2017.

Ameera’s appointment has been widely expected. She is a 3-time Australs champion [ESL Category (2), Open Category (1)], 3-time Asian Champion, Cambridge IV 2016 Champion, and the current World’s Best ESL Speaker.

Ameera has extensive experience as a member of the adjudication core from many tournaments around Asia Pacific. She is also appointed the Co-Chief Adjudicator for the Cape Town World Universities Debating Championship in 2019.