More than 5 years of WUPID history will draw to a close later this month when
the debating event is for the last time until at least 2016 will no longer be
organized by H & G Strategic Communications Sdn Bhd.
confirmed last Monday that it has secured exclusive rights to WUPID from 2012,
including the WUPID in Bahasa Melayu, in a four-year deal believed to be worth
Debating has been an important portfolio of H & G’s speech communication
business since 2006, with WUPID in particular bringing both the nation and the
world’s top university debaters to Malaysia. First sponsored by CIMB in 2007,
WUPID attracted a domestic audience of up to 500 and, according to The Debating
News, an estimated global viewing figure of 10 thousand.
CIMB WUPID 2008 were among the many outstanding moments to have been
organized by H & G, and though the sponsor has ceased it’s sponsorship to
concentrate on squash, many in global debating will find it difficult to forget
CIMB's connection with global debating.
The exact value of the deal with Yayasan Orator remains secret due to
"commercial sensitivity", but a report in The Debating News mid last month
reported that it would be worth around USD$1m for four years.
Announcing the deal, Shamsul Azhar Ismail, the managing director of H &
G, which conducted the negotiations, said that Yayasan Orator had "shown a total
commitment to debating and WUPID", adding that "the new deal will not only
deliver increased benefits for Malaysian debating, but with debating at large.
Yayasan Orator offers a compelling vision to innovate the way debating is
"They have also committed to expand the event and to promote WUPID more
widely. This is a great opportunity for global debating in the long term."
Saiful Amin Jalun, the lead advisor for WUPID, said that the contract is "a
huge boost for debating", and that "the vision and nature of this new
arrangement will help to make a step change in the way we organize debating
Yayasan Orator supports the development and empowerment of communities.
Yayasan Orator is committed to improving the quality of life of communities and
promoting sustainable development through the promotion of debate and oratory
excercise. Yayasan Orator itself, and in strategic partnerships, aims to improve
the lives of communities and individuals by responding to needs and
opportunities in the areas of Community Development, Events and Education.
The objectives of Yayasan Orator are:
Support the empowerment and development of communities
through but not limited to the development of educational programmes and further
develop strategies and programme to promote public speaking through the
foundation, public agencies, private bodies and other organizations.
Build meaningful relationships and strategic partnerships
with other institutions and organizations, locally and internationally on
matters associated with but not limited to good educational practices and good
practices of public speaking.
Identify and undertake projects that will promote
understanding and the good educational practices and good practices of public
speaking locally and internationally and to disseminate information on good
practices of education and good practices of public speaking through various
media to public, schools, community centres and other target groups.