I was doing some work online when I found this. I remember it as something that happened almost 10 years ago. It was very sweet. It was our first big win. A lot of people expect us to win it, but not many thought we can pull it off. This news was featured in Utusan Malaysia, and another slight variation of it was featured in Harian Metro.

I remember Cikgu Yusof (our GPK HEM) put this under the glass on his table and put another laminated copy on the teachers’ room door. It stays there for a lot of months.

Sekolah Menengah Sains Hulu Selangor, over 17 other schools in Hulu and Kuala Selangor emerge champion of SPLASH Challenge Trophy Debate 2001. YB Dato’ Haji Mohd. Mokhtar bin Haji Ahmad Dahlan, State Executive Councilor for Housing, Local Government, Squatters and the Environment, gave out prizes to the winners whose arguments for ‘Rakyat Malaysia adalah komuniti yang prihatin terhadap keperluan alam sekitar’ won them winning scores from the judges.

The objective of the debate is to provide positive exposure, motivate self development and instill awareness on environmental issues among the students. The debate will allow the students to heighten their thinking and astutely utilize the liberty of expressing their view and vision.

A total of 17 schools participated in SPLASH Challenge Trophy 2001, with the co-operation of the District Education Offices. SPLASH has also collaborated with the Department of Environment in proposing the final debate topic to the schools.

“The debate will teach the young on learning the importance of environmental protection and how they can be taught into practising good values on environmental conservation and rehabilitation among the young.” Encik Azmi Mat Nor, Chief Executive Officer of SPLASH said at the final round of SPLASH Challenge Trophy Debate 2001 this morning at Kuala Selangor.

“Given that the young generation will become the future forefront of our nation, we want to emphasise the importance of education and knowledge. We also comprehend the need to encourage mental development and emotional intelligence and due to this we have initiated several educational programmes in SPLASH Children Education Campaign (SCEC) this year.

“SPLASH intend to garner more participation in the debate next year if we receive encouraging response from this year’s debate. Positive development among the schoolchildren is a great concern to us and that is why we intend to hold numerous beneficial activities for them in our Children Education Campaign.” he said.

The debate is part of 3 components under SCEC 2001 comprising the ‘Anugerah Pelajar Cemerlang’ and SPLASH Environmental Club. The ‘Anugerah Pelajar Cemerlang’ will be awarded early next year after the UPSR, PMR and SPM results have been announced and SPLASH Environmental Club is in the process of setting up its activities with the authorities.

Sekolah Menengah Sains Hulu Selangor won RM1000 Cash Award, a set of computer including a printer, SPLASH Challenge Trophy, 4 individual trophies and certificates of participation. The 1st runner-up, Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Dato Harun, Tanjung Karang received RM800 Cash Award, 4 individual trophies and certificates of participation. Mohd Sabri bin Hassan Assa’ari from Sekolah Menengah Sains Hulu Selangor won the Best Speaker award.

SPLASH will also ensure that SCEC 2001 which is a continuation of SCEC 2000 will sustain its efforts to help motivate for education excellence and develop character, mental and physical capability among the young in Hulu and Kuala Selangor.

PROUD WINNERS: Champion, Sekolah Menengah Sains Hulu Selangor (right) and 1st runner-up, Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Dato' Harun, Tanjung Karang received cash awards, individual trophies and certificates of participation.
PROUD WINNERS: Champion, Sekolah Menengah Sains Hulu Selangor (right) and 1st runner-up, Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Dato' Harun, Tanjung Karang received cash awards, individual trophies and certificates of participation.

You can read them here: SPLASH Website

Saya dah lupa sama ada kami Kerajaan atau Pembangkang. Tetapi saya masih ingat yang tajuk ini agak sukar. Bagaimana untuk membuktikan Rakyat Malaysia adalah Komuniti Yang Prihatin Terhadap Alam Sekitar sedangkan saban hari kes pencemaran berlaku? (waktu ini zaman kegemilangan Karam Singh Walia). Kes pencemaran hot, sama hot dengan kes pembuangan bayi sekarang.

Saya juga masih ingat yang untuk pertandingan ini, SEMASHUR hantar satu bas penyokong ke Kuala Selangor. Setiap seorang dari kami dibenarkan memberi nama 5 orang kawan untuk menjadi penyokong. Baki 20 tempat lagi adalah untuk ahli kelab Bahasa Melayu. Saya masih ingat beberapa orang yang kami bawa.

Terima kasih pada Salikin yang mengorganizekan penyokong-penyokong supaya dapat memberi sokongan moral yang konsisten untuk perlawanan tersebut. Bertanding di dewan sekolah lawan begitu mendebarkan (lebih-lebih lagi kerana perlawanan peringkat daerah Hulu Selangor dilakukan di SEMASHUR).

Terima kasih pada Nadialiyana dan Afiqah yang menceriakan suasana dan membantu mengurangkan stress kami. Its definitely team work.

Terima kasih juga tidak lupa kepada cikgu-cikgu pembimbing yang banyak membantu, memberi semangat, memberi peluang dan memanjakan kami. Cikgu Aisyah, Cikgu Zarul, Pn Zubidah dan Cikgu Yusof. I will not trade them for any other. 🙂

Saya masih ingat saat-saat keputusan diumumkan. Pada saya perdebatan itu 50-50. Tidak sengit sebelah seperti pertandingan peringkat daerah. Berdebar tu ada, tetapi tidak sangat. Saya rasa saya sudah memberi yang terbaik dan telah pulih dari prestasi buruk (ketika pusingan kedua peringkat daerah saya sangat teruk).

Ketika keputusan dibacakan kami semua duduk. Sebaik sahaja SEMASHUR diumumkan sebagai pemenang, seluruh rombongan bingkas bangun mengangkat tangan (slow motionnya masih terakam dalam kepala). Havoc.

Rasa-rasanya YB Mokhtar pun turut terjangkit dengan aura perdebatan tersebut. Dalam ucapan penutupnya beliau menjemput kami ke DUN Selangor untuk menyaksikan sendiri bagaimana persidangan DUN berjalan. Another wonderful experience.

Sabri
Debater Pencen

p/s: Oh ya, dalam gambar “Proud Winner” tu, I am the thin one. 3rd from right. Yup. Once upon a time ago, I am not as chubby nor as handsome as I am now. :p