SERDANG, Dec 21 – Direct personal approach is more effective in educating the public particularly the youth on internet ethics, according to the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC). MCMC senior director (Advocacy and Outreach), Eneng Faridah Iskandar cited the MCMC Debating Championship 2015, which required participants to not only do a research before the competition but also to relate their own experience.
“Such an approach could open participants’ mind on ethical use of the internet better than advertisements and commercials or warnings on the legal implications,” she told reporters after the closing ceremony for the MCMC debating championship 2015 at Universiti Putra Malaysia Sunday.
“Meanwhile, the competition was based on the British Parliament concept with a government block and opposition block that debate on various topics related to the internet including cyber crime. Through this programme we hope to inculcate internet ethics among the public particularly the debate participants,” she said, adding that internet users from among the youth has totaled 20.1 million,” said Eneng Faridah.
The competition held since Friday and organised by MCMC with the cooperation of the Serdang Royals Debate Club, Universiti Putra Malaysia was participated by 40 teams from higher learning institutions and secondary schools. World Schools Debating Championship representatives Rafiq Saladdin and Don Siron Pereira emerged as the winner.
Rafiq, 23, said when met that his team only decided to join the competition on Friday but were confident their experience would secure them victory. Don Siron who was also adjudged Best Debater said topics on internet and social media were synonymous with the youth and therefore close to his heart.