Malaysia Essay Writing Competition



This year's ICM was attended by 42 delegates and 22 guests from 21 countries. Mrs Jagdish Bhain and Ms Iris Tan represented ESU Malaysia.

Among the issues highlighted during the meeting were - ESU Centenary 2018 (UK) and 2020 (US), the International Public Speaking Competition (IPSC) 2018 to be held in London from 14th to 18th May as well as the Educational Agenda concerning English and Oracy in member countries and the future ESU-UN global goals. The Educational Agenda was presented and mediated by Duncan Partridge of Dartmouth House and Carol Losos of ESU US.

The meeting also saw the election of the new President of the International Council - Ms Margaryta Danilko from Ukraine.

Apart from the official meeting, participants were also treated to a fine welcome reception and dinner at the exclusive private club - the Circulo Eca de Queiroz., a reception at the British Ambassador (Her Excellency Kirsty Hayes)'s residence and a delicious dinner at the Royal Greenhouse.

The particpants also managed to visit Cascais, a beach resort 25kms west of Lisbon, the Parliament guided by Pedro Delgado Alves, ESU Portugal 's alumnus who is now a member of Parliament and St George's Castle.

Special thanks to Walter Best, President of ESU Portugal and his team for hosting the ICM 2017, Jane Easton and staff from Dartmouth House for their hard work and Paul Beresford-Hill ICM Chairman / Chairman ESU US for chairing the meeting successfully.

Contributed by Iris Tan, Council Member



Have you ever rehearsed a play without performing it? Or perhaps researched and written a 1,000- word essay that no one else was going to see? Probably not, why would you? Most of us would see this journey culminating in an opportunity to show the world what we’ve learned, and what skills we’ve developed.

The practice of oracy in schools is no different, and this is where competitions play a crucial role. The ESU’s three national competitions – Performing Shakespeare, the Schools’ Mace debating contest, and ESU-Churchill Public Speaking Competition – give students from across the country fantastic opportunities to showcase their oracy skills for all to see. Whether they’ve learnt all the lines to Helena’s ‘O spite, O hell’ speech from A Midsummer Night’s Dream to perfection, stayed up until 11 pm researching the benefits of refugee quotas, or found the most compelling way of talking about a topic with only a Winston Churchill quotation as their stimulus, students participating in ESU competitions gain a tremendous amount just by competing.

On the surface, it seems fairly standard – young people either perform, speak or debate, get feedback, find out who wins and go home. But it’s not just about having those few minutes in the spotlight and then waiting anxiously for the results. What strikes me about the competitions is the students’ attitudes whilst competing. Instead of a cut-throat, hard-hearted, I’m-going-to-beat-you approach, students actively express admiration, respect and good spirit towards their fellow competitors. Students come away not only with a sense of accomplishment from performing or speaking in public, but have made friends and learned from other students they’ve met.

More often than not, after a challenging, intense and sometimes heated debate during any stage of the Schools’ Mace, I watch the teams rush towards each other to shake hands, mutually exclaiming, ‘Wow, you were so good!’ And they mean it. We could all learn something from these students’ ability to unpick their opponent’s arguments with nuance and clarity in front of a critical audience, and straight afterwards, support and praise them. There is something quite special about the level of maturity demonstrated by people so young, and it can be seen at each stage of all the ESU’s national competitions.

In this way, the competitions give students more than just a platform on which to demonstrate their oracy skills. They offer a worthwhile, motivating experience for young people who share a common interest and talent, a chance for them to be publicly recognised for their skills, and an opportunity to make friends and learn from other students, something that brings a sense of camaraderie that lingers long after the competitions have ended.

Bring students together competitively awakens their drive and motivation. It develops their confidence, creativity, critical thinking and communication skills – all of which are essential for getting the most out of oracy.

Find out more about the ESU’s competitions and how your school can get involved here. And if you’ve not tried debating and are unsure whether it would work in your school, why not try one of our Discover Your Voice workshops?

This article first appeared at on the 13th of June 2017.


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ESUM-MIDP-UNMC Public Speaking Competition – The Heats

An air of excitement and expectation enveloped the reception area and corridors of the Learning Centre of the University Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNMC) in Kuala Lumpur. There was a sprinkling of tensed faces of those who appear to be memorising some prepared texts in a chant-like manner.

It was 1st April, and what is considered an April Fool’s day was not to be a time for fooling by about 60 young people. For them, it was going to be serious business as they prepare themselves to battle it out at the Heats of the International Public Speaking Competition organised by the English Speaking Union of Malaysia (ESUM) in collaboration with the Malaysian Institute for Debate and Public Speaking (MIDP) and UNMC. Another two groups of aspiring public speakers gathered at KDU Penang and University of Swinburne in Kuching, Sarawak, for the competition.

A week earlier, most of these participants attended a workshop to train them in the art of public speaking, and many had benefitted from it. Similar workshops were held in Penang and Kuching, but they were on 1st April followed by the Heats the following day.

The participants were required to speak on the theme “To define is to limit” with a prepared text followed by an impromptu speech on topics given randomly to them. They amazed the judges with their ability to articulate their thoughts and expressed their feelings through their own interpretations of the theme and impromptu topics.

The spirit of competition was so intense, and the desire to impress the judges as well as to be among the select group of best public speakers did not make the job any easier for the nine judges. And after much deliberation, which was equally intense and spirited if not more, among the judges, twelve participants were selected from the KL Heats for the Finals scheduled on 15th April at UNMC Kuala Lumpur. Winners selected in Penang and Kuching will be at the Finals in Kuala Lumpur too.

The overall winner at the Finals will represent Malaysia at the Grand Finals to be held in London, United Kingdom by ESU International in May.

Limited tickets at RM50.00 for the public for the Finals are available.
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The General Assembly of the United Nations in June 2007 unanimously adopted a resolution to declare and designate the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi on 2nd October as the United Nations International Day of Non-Violence. The resolution further called upon all member states, non-governmental organisations and individuals to organise activities on that day with the view to bringing about greater awareness of the philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi. Malaysia has joined the rest of the world in celebrating this event. The event in Malaysia is organised by the Gandhi Memorial Trust of Malaysia (GMT). As part of the programme and the highlight of the event in Malaysia is the Gandhi Memorial Lectures.

This event to be held on 2nd October 2017 at 5.00pmat the Banquet Hall of Royal Lake Club, Lake Gardens, Kuala Lumpur. There will be two prominent speakers and a Chairman. The main speaker from London has confirmed his attendance. He is Dr. Mohamed Keshavjee. He is a South African of Indian Origin. He is currently based in London and delivers lectures to LLM students. He is a Barrister of Gray’s Inn London and Osgoode Hall Canada. He obtained his doctorate in Law in Alternative Dispute Resolution at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He is the author of the book entitled “Into That Heaven of Freedom.”

Further details of the programme will be available shortly. In the meantime the Gandhi Memorial Trust extends the invitation to all the officials and members of the English Speaking Union of Malaysia to attend the above event. Dress code is smart casual. Admission is free.



The English-Speaking Union of Malaysia which is linked to the English-Speaking Union International in the United Kingdom, is launching the 800th Anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta, by inviting those aged between 11 to 18 to take part in an International Creative English Essay Competition titled “My Magna Carta”.

The competition is organised in partnership with Royal Holloway, University of London.

Young persons from across the UK, and throughout the Commonwealth are invited to create their very own Magna Carta for the 21st Century: one document that safeguards and promotes the rights, privileges and liberties of either their own country or the whole world.

The competition is open to those in the junior category (11 -14 years) who can submit essays of between 500 and 750 words while those in the senior category (15 - 18) should submit essays of between 750 and 1,250 words.

Finalists from the UK and the continent will be invited to London to perform their Magna Carta in a Grand Final, take part in public speaking workshops and enjoy a varied programme of cultural activities in London.

Awards will be given for both age groups under Overall Winner, UK winner, Regional Winners (by continent - Malaysia is grouped in the Asia continent) and Specially Commended.

Entries can be supplemented by an optional video uploaded to Youtube. More details and online entry forms can be obtained from The deadline for submission of entries is May 5. For more information, visit;;, or Twitter @MagnaCarta800th.


This for interested observers of the Grand Finals of the ESU-MIDP Public Speaking Competition 2015 to register for their spot.

Observers will have full access to the entirety of the Grand FInals and the Prize-Giving Ceremony. Brunch will also be served for the participants and observers.

The observer fee is RM60/person if you are a member of the English Speaking Union Malaysia. The fee if RM80/person for non-members. Payment is to be made on the day of the competition.

Please register online by clicking on THIS LINK.




My Magna Carta is an international creative essay competition for 11 to 18 year olds in celebration of the 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta. Young people from across the UK, the English Speaking Union’s member countries and throughout the Commonwealth are invited to create their very own Magna Carta for the 21st century: one document that safeguards and promotes the rights, privileges and liberties of either their own country or the whole world.

For more information, please click HERE.



Notice is hereby given that the Twelfth (12th) Annual General Meeting of The English Speaking Union of Malaysia will be held on :

DATE : Monday, 24th November 2014

   Bukit Kiara Equestrian (Dewan Perdana)
   Jalan Bukit Kiara, Off Jalan Damansara, KL
   (contact no 20941764)

   AGM 6.30 pm (Registration from 6.00 pm)

There will be a talk by ESU guest speaker, Mr Rajan Moses

BUFFET DINNER to follow.


  1. Chairman’s Welcoming Address
  2. To confirm the minutes of the previous 11th AGM held on 10th December 2013
  3. To receive and adopt the Annual Report 2014
  4. To receive and confirm Resolutions and the Audited Financial Accounts ended 30 April 2014
  5. To elect two (2) Honorary Auditors for the year 2014-2015.
  6. To transact any business of which notice has been submitted 7 days prior to the meeting.
  7. To announce any upcoming activities.

An invitation is open for all members to bring along guests interested in joining the ESU. All attending have to be registered members. Please confirm your attendance with our Administrator Ms Anne at Tel : 03-89426278 / H/p 016-3111199 or email to by 17th November 2014.

Important note :
For all members who have not yet renewed their membership for the current year, kindly do so at the meeting to be eligible to participate in the election and voting process. (Except for Junior Members who are NOT eligible to vote at AGM.)

By order of the ESU Council


ESU UK and the British Council will present a lecture and debate Thursday 13 Nov in London on ‘Science and the English Language’, covering such interesting (and highly relevant for Malaysia) topics as ‘does English make international science collaboration possible?’, and ‘Will science be taught in English in the future?’. The debate will be chaired by Quentin Cooper, presenter of BBC Radio 4’s weekly science show The Material World.

Check it out HERE.




Semi-finalists of the ESU-MIDP 2014 Public Speaking competition held last Saturday

Ten students will pit their wits to speak on the theme "Imagination is more important than Knowledge" at this year's public speaking national competition organised by ESU (English Speaking Union) Malaysia and MIDP (Malaysian Institute for Debate & Public Speaking).

The competition will take place at the Best Western Premier Hotel, Dua Sentral, Kuala Lumpur from 10 am to 1 pm. The champion will win a trip to London to represent Malaysia in the ESU International Public Speaking Competition from May 12 to 16.

In 2012, our Malaysian representative, Marina Tan made the nation proud as she became the first Malaysian to win the coveted title in the World's Public Speaking competition participated by about 50 countries. Since Malaysia started sending its representatives to take part in the competition over the last 10 years, Malaysia has managed to enter the final rounds for five times.

All interested to attend the finals at a fee of RM 60 per person (including refreshments) can call MIDP - 03-5511 7511 (office hours).


ESU organised A Carnival of English on 27th April 2014 at Bangsar Shopping Centre, sponsored by Tuanku Najihah Foundation.

The carnival was filled with programmes of learning and sharing the language of English with the audience in general that spans from 3-year old to 90-year old. For the kids below twelve years old, there were treated to Fun English of learning and singing nursery rhymes. They were joined in by the teenagers and hummed to the tunes of popular jingles and were asked to compose a jingle for their mother for Mother's Day. They had jolly good fun ! Some of the speakers and entertainers included Jagdish Bhain (ESU Public Speaking Coach), Ben Ibrahim (Anchor-producer), Sarimah Ibrahim (Celebrity), British Theatre Playhouse production video screening of past television episodes of Yes Minister.

ESU also gave away a pair of tickets to the Yes Prime Minister, sponsored by the British Theatre Playhouse for the winner who wrote the best message for Mom on Mother's Day. The winning message was: "I believe in love at first sight, because I've been loving my mother ever since I opened my eyes." by Mohd Rozaimi bin Mohamed Sazaly.

The event was attended by our ESU Chairman, YM Raja Tan Sri Dato' Seri Arshad Bin Raja Tun Uda and Deputy Chairman, YAM Tunku Dara Tunku Tan Sri Naquiah Binti Almarhum Tuanku Ja'afar and other Committee Members. YMM Tunku Ampuan Negeri Sembilan, Tuanku Najihah binti Almarhum Tunku Besar Burhanuddin also graced the event for awhile.

Two groups of students & children who also attended the Carnival were from Sekolah Menengah Islam IQKL and Rumah Titian Kasih. They were accompanied by their school principal, teachers and guardian.

Acknowledgement to our sponsors: Tuanku Najihah Foundation, Samsung Malaysia, Dome Cafe, Jason's Foodhall, Coffeebean & Tealeaf, Windancer, British Theatre Playhouse and Bangsar Shopping Centre.




TO 15TH MAY 2014 (5:00PM)


Yes! The Best Musical – JERSEY BOYS will be coming to Malaysia!

Seen by over 18 million people worldwide, Milestone Production is proud to bring the full Broadway production of Jersey Boys to Kuala Lumpur! JERSEY BOYS, the internationally acclaimed hit musical, tells the remarkable rise to stardom of one of the most successful bands in pop music history – Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons.

Having won over 54 major awards worldwide including the Tony, Olivier and Grammy Awards, Jersey Boys is the most exciting musical package Broadway has seen in years. Experience electrifying performances of the golden greats that took these guys all the way to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: BEGGIN', CAN'T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU, DECEMBER 1963 (OH WHAT A NIGHT), WALK LIKE A MAN, BYE BYE BABY (BABY GOODBYE), SHERRY, BIG GIRLS DON'T CRY and many more.

Many corporations have committed to support this true life mega-hit story of The Four Seasons which is full of vitality, pace and power. We would like to take this opportunity to explore the possibility with ESU. Please find attached the presentation for your further action.

For more information, please visit Jersey Boys will run from the 15th to the 27th of April 2014 at Istana Budaya, Kuala Lumpur. As part of a of a special offer from Milestone Productions, ESU members are offered a 15% discount on tickets for shows.


KUALA LUMPUR, February 2014 - Do you love the English language? Are you proud of your English-writing prowess? Then make it work for you and stand a chance to win cash awards.

The English Speaking Union, Malaysia (ESU), an independent, non-political, educational charity, part of the ESU in the United Kingdom, celebrates its 10th anniversary through a number of events, including an ESSAY WRITING COMPETITION, the subject of which is: ESU 10 for 10. English is a winner.

ESU invites the public, including students, to participate in this essay writing competition, winners of which will receive generous cash prizes, sponsored by Standard Chartered Bank, Malaysia.

The competition will open on February 15, 2014 and all essays must be received by the ESU office by April 15, 2014. The winning essays will be announced at an important event planned tentatively for April 27, 2014.

The ESU 10 for 10 Competition is open to the following age groups, with prizes (1st, 2nd, 3rd) as follows:

   Category 1: Ages 10-12 - RM2,000; RM1,000; RM500
   Category 2: Ages 13-17 - RM3,000; RM2,000; RM1,000
   Category 3: Ages 18 and above - RM5,000; RM3,000; RM1,000

The ESU’s Essay Writing Competition, supported by the Standard Chartered Bank (Malaysia), is our small contribution to ensure Malaysia continues with the high proficiency in the English language.

The organization welcomes members who share the common objective of promoting international understanding and achievement through the English language. For millions of people throughout the world, proficiency in English is a key factor in personal and professional achievements. In this global environment, the English language plays a pivotal role in promoting and fostering international cooperation and friendship.

ESU Malaysia has trained and supported Malaysian students who went onto win the ESU International Public Speaking competition. We have organized supervised Epal programs between Malaysian students and US students (similar to pen pal programs), expanding children’s knowledge of other cultures. We hold regular lectures on a variety of topics, and offer free English teaching tips through the ESU Malaysia website.

ESU Malaysia hopes for a better tomorrow for Malaysia by nurturing better English skills today.

More information on the competition is on the ESU website and the ESU FB page. Questions should be directed to:


Please click HERE to download the entry form.



Notice is hereby given that the Eleventh (11th) Annual General Meeting of The English Speaking Union of Malaysia will be held on :

DATE : Tuesday, 10th December 2013

   Residence of The British High Commissioner
   No. 27, Jalan Langgak Golf
   (off Jalan Tun Razak)

   AGM 6.30 pm (Registration from 6.00 pm)

Talks on the importance of the English language and why our standard of English has dropped.

BUFFET DINNER to follow.


  1. Chairman’s Welcoming Address
  2. To confirm the minutes of the previous 10th AGM held on 22nd November 2012.
  3. To receive and adopt the Annual Report 2013
  4. To receive and confirm Resolutions and the Audited Financial Accounts ended 30 April 2013
  5. To elect office bearers of ESU Council for the term 2014-2016.
  6. To elect two (2) Honorary Auditors for the year 2013-2014.
  7. To transact any business of which notice has been submitted 7 days prior to the meeting.
  8. To announce any upcoming activities.

An invitation is open for all members to bring along guests interested in joining the ESU. All attending have to be registered members. Please confirm your attendance with our Administrator Ms Anne Chong at Tel : 03-89426278 / H/p 016-3111199 or email to by 2nd December 2013.

Important note :
For all members who have not yet renewed their membership for the current year, kindly do so at the meeting to be eligible to participate in the election and voting process. (Except for Junior Members who are NOT eligible to vote at AGM.)

By order of the ESU Council

Note :
Download links for the Notice of AGM, Annual Report 2013 and Nomination Form for Office Bearers


Thevesh Thevananthan, 17, from Sekolah Kebangsaan Bukit Jambul, Penang, the winner of the The Star-English Speaking Union (Malaysia)-PKT Logistics Public Speaking Competition 2013 beat 53 other countries to emerge as the Audience Choice Winner Award at the recent World Championships of Public Speaking held in London on the 17th of May, 2013.

Thevesh had to first qualify for the semi-finals based on a 5 minute prepared speech with the theme, “Ideas are our Greatest Weapons” and the ability to take the questions from the audience. The 18 semi-finalists then had to compete in an impromptu speech competition with a 15 minutes preparation time. Again, Malaysia emerged as a winner by making it to the finals.

At the finals, Thevesh presented a prepared speech entitled, “This One’s For Us” and took some questions from the floor. It was a great victory for Malaysia when Thevesh was announced as the Audience Choice Winner based on the votes by the invited guests in the audience.

Thank you Thevesh for making Malaysia proud.


The Entry Documents for the 2013 competition for the international Proverse Prize are available now on the Proverse website,

You may also try the following more direct link: international_proverse_prize_entry_form>

The first prize is publication of the entered work and HK$10,000. (HKD7.80 approximately = US$1.00) Additional publication prizes may be awarded.

Deadline for receipt of completed Entry Documents and Entry Fees: 31 May 2013.

Deadline for receipt of Entered Works: 30 June 2013.

Entry is open to all aged 18 or above on the date they sign the Entry Documents, irrespective of residence, nationality or citizenship.

The Proverse Prize is offered for a single-author unpublished full-length work of fiction, non-fiction or poetry, submitted in English. Genres accepted: novels, novellas, short-story collections, poetry, poetry collections, non-fiction (including but not limited to autobiography, biography, memoir, diaries, essay-collections, journals, letters, travel narratives, works of popular scholarship). Translations into English are welcome.

Work may be previously edited, acknowledging the editor.

The entry fee is HK$220.00 (two hundred and twenty HKD) or GBP32.00 (thirty-two pounds sterling).

Full details, including background, previous winners, winning and other entered works already published, as well as selected events, media notices and press releases, links to media interviews, etc. are on the Proverse website .

General enquiries to the following email address: .


Best speakers : Thevesh being flanked by Caryl (left) and Jeffrey Johan.

PETALING JAYA: Thevesh Thevananthan did what he must and emerged as the champion of The Star-English Speaking Union (ESU) Malaysia-PKT Logistics Public Speaking Competition 2013.

The 17-year-old will go on to represent Malaysia at the ESU International Public Speaking Competition 2013 in London next month.

The eloquent speaker brought confidence and humour to the stage with his “This one’s for us”.

“I remember being part of the audience when I was 12,” Thevesh said yesterday. “Since then, it’s been my dream to compete in this competition. Winning it eventually is a surprise but I am proud of it.”

As part of the package, Thevesh will also receive public speaking training from experts, a round of visits in London, including the home of ESU-Dartmouth House.

He is also slated to become the alumnus of one of the most prestigious organisations in the world.

Chief judge Tunku Dara Tunku Tan Sri Naquiah said Thevesh was different from the others.

“His topic was different. He threw his voice, his answers were good, he had humour and we will polish his speech and fine-tune it for London,” she said.

First runner-up Caryl Teh En-Ai received RM1,000, while second runner-up Jeffrey Johan Adlan Disney received RM500.

The panel of judges included Gail Featherstone, wife of the British High Commissioner and adviser of Esum, PKT Logistics Group chairman Datuk Jalilah Baba and Roopvanti M, Lakhiani, Jagdish Bain and Datin Shalini Ganendra from Esum.


Lucky 13: The 13 participants cheering after making it through.

PETALING JAYA: Public speaking can unsettle some people, even those who chat too much. But Kaberi Dutta gathered her nerves and became one of 13 participants who made it through the semi-finals of The Star-ESU Malaysia Public Speaking Competition 2013. Whether or not she'll be in the finals will be known later.

“My teacher put me on the spot when she said that I should enter the competition since I talk so much. I didn't know how to get out from that corner but I have had absolutely no regrets since joining,” she said.

In her five-minute prepared speech, the Kolej Tuanku Ja'afar A-Level student talked about how schools stifled creativity in students via her given theme “Ideas Are Our Greatest Weapons”.

Her schoolmate and fellow semi-finalist, Jeffrey Johan Adlan Disney, spoke about how “ideas are double-edged swords”, as they could backfire and have unintended consequences.

“I have been working late into the night non-stop for the past week or so to prepare for this session,” he said. “I was nervous and I'm still nervous! I'm going to be on tenterhooks for the next week until the finalists are announced.”

The semi-finalists would be short-listed for the finals based on their performance at the semi-finals, which assessed the substance of their speech, style and technique, general effectiveness and the ability to answer questions from a panel of judges.

Teresa Mah, Seonaidh Chai, Jagdish Bhain, Hamidah Ibrahim and chief judge Sheela Joseph from English Speaking Union (ESU) Malaysia made up the panel for this leg of the competition.

The finalists would be announced next week and the national finals would be held on April 27 here.

The winner would represent the nation at the international competition in London next month.

The Malaysian segment is jointly organised by The Star and ESU Malaysia, with PKT Logistics Group Sdn Bhd as the co-organiser.

For enquiries on the competition, contact 03-79671388 ext 1240/1237/1244.


A guide to the judging process during the Public Speaking Competition 2013 has been made available. You can download the guide here.


The search is on for the next Malaysian representative to the ESU International Public Speaking Competition.

Come forward and show off your verbal prowess and gift of the gab! Who knows, you could walk away with a trip to London to represent Malaysia in the English Speaking Union (ESU) International Public Speaking Competition.

Our Malaysia representative did the nation proud by doing just that last year, and she became the first Malaysian to win one of the most coveted titles in the world English public speaking circuit!

Click here for more details.


ESU Event: Curating Contemporary Art in the 21st Century with Kelly Gellatly, Curator.

Thursday, February 28, 2013 @ Shalini Ganendra Fine Art

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For more information, please click here


The first Malaysian to win the coveted English-Speaking Union (ESU) International Public Speaking Competition last year, Marina Tan Hsien Wei received her prize at a ceremony held earlier last month.

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ESU completed a three part, focussed English Teaching Program led by Mrs. Gail Featherstone, at UITM. Useful notes from these sessions can be found on:


Attached please find a letter to you from the ESU Chairman, Dame Mary Richardson, regarding Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal.


ESU completed a three part, focussed English Teaching Program led by Mrs. Gail Featherstone, at UITM. Useful notes from these sessions can be found on:


Malaysia's representative for the ESU International Public Speaking Competition, Marina Tan Hsien Wei, emerged as the first-ever Malaysian champion in the ESU International Public Speaking Competition 2012.

The 18-year-old student outshone 53 other international participants at the ESU Headquarters, Dartmouth House, London, on Friday, May 14.


What a wonderful way for ESU Malaysia to celebrate its 10th Anniversary.


The Star and the English Speaking Union of Malaysia (ESU Malaysia) Public Speaking Competition recently celebrated its 10th year competition anniversary.

The ESU Malaysia Public Speaking Competition 2012, which was open to all students aged between 16 and 20 provided a platform for young Malaysians to develop their confidence in speaking up and expressing their views.

The grand finals, which was held recently, saw 12 finalists competing for the coveted spot to represent Malaysia at the ESU International Public Speaking Competition 2012 in London. The competition will be held in London from May 14 to 18.

Happy 10th anniversary: (From left) ESU Malaysia committee members Raja Datuk Seri Arshad, Gail Featherstone, Datin Shalini Ganendra, Star Publications (M) Bhd chief events officer Iris Tan, chairman Tunku Dara Naquiah, S. Radhakrishnan and Datuk Seri Azman Ujang posing with the anniversary cake.

ESU Malaysia plays an important role in promoting international understanding and human achievement through the use of the English language.

It has organised public speaking workshops, book projects, writing competitions, fun-with-English workshops in schools, evening tea talks and sponsored Malaysians to the International Relations Conference at Oxford University, UK.

For details on ESU, call 03-8942 6278 (Josephine Roch), visit or email


Mrs Anita Branton runs a unique English language experience, directly on the South East Coast near London. They offer programmes which involve total immersion in English - students stay in their house and receive intensive highly skilled English lessons which enable rapid progress in English language competence; lessons are adapted to suit the learners' requirements, allowing maximum benefit.

They are currently running a promotional offer for a limited period: one student (could be a parent or teacher) can come for free when accompanying 4 or 5 students. They would be delighted to talk to you about the course, and if you know of any groups, schools or individuals who would benefit from this type of programme please get in touch directly at the below address and Tel No.

Kingsdown House,
17 Albion Road,
Ramsgate, Kent CT11 8DJ,
Tel: +44 (0)1843 586650
Mob: +44 (0)789 0317 940


To All ESU Members,

The 9th AGM was held at the Star Publications (M) on the 28th of February 2012. For all those who attended, a big thank you. Also thank you for renewing your membership with the ESU.

For those who did not attend, a gentle reminder to pay your membership renewal fees in order to stay on as an ESU member.

Payment can be made according to the list below to the ESU account MBB 5640 5240 5041. However, you have to send me the bank-in slip with your name & membership No. (if you can remember it) written on the slip either by post or by fax: 03-56350269. Your record will not be updated until the bank-in-slip or bank transfer note is received.

Junior Membership : 13-17 years (free)
Ordinary Membership : 18-25 years (RM10 p.a.)
Ordinary Membership : 26-60 years (RM30 p.a.)
Senior Membership : 61 years and above (RM20 p.a.)

Thanks & Regards

Josephine Roch
Office Administrator
The English Speaking Union of Malaysia


Notice is hereby given that the Ninth (9th) Annual General Meeting of The English Speaking Union of Malaysia will be held on :

DATE : Tuesday, 28th February 2012

   Star Publications (M) Berhad
   Cybertorium, Level 2, Menara Star
   No 15, Jalan 16/11
   Section 16 Petaling Jaya

   6.00 pm – 7.00pm (Registration starts at 5.30 pm)

There will be a book Presentation to UiTM just before the AGM.
Also after the AGM, Ambassador Dato’ Dr Ananda Kumaraseri will present a talk on "An Ambassador's Insight Into Diplomacy and Foreign Affairs".
BUFFET DINNER to follow.


  1. Chairman’s Welcoming Address
  2. To confirm the minutes of the previous 8th AGM held on 18th January 2011 and accept AGM date.
  3. To receive and adopt the Annual Report 2011.
  4. To receive and confirm the Committee’s Report and Audited Financial Accounts ended 30 April 2011.
  5. To elect office bearers of ESU Council for the term 2012-2014.
  6. To elect two (2) Honorary Auditors for the year 2012-2013.
  7. To transact any business of which notice has been submitted 7 days prior to the meeting.
  8. To announce any upcoming activities.

This invitation is open to ALL MEMBERS & GUESTS who are interested to join the ESU. Many benefits to be discussed at the meeting.

Please confirm your attendance with our Administrator Ms Josephine Roch at Tel : 03-89426278 / H/p 012-2456160 or email to by 23rd February 2012.

Important note :
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  2. The Nomination Form for the Honorary Auditors, The Minutes of the 8th AGM and The Annual Report 2011, The Committee’s Report and the Audited Financial Accounts dated 30 April 2011 are held at our offices for your consultation and have also been sent to you by email. Signed copies of all these documents will be circulated during the AGM.

By order of the ESU Council

Honorary Secretary
30th January 2012

Previous Events

The ASiS International Essay Writing Competition 2018 is now open for entries from students from around the world!

Do you have a talent for writing? Are you interested in wildlife and environmental conservation?  Then you could be a potential winner of the 8th ASiS International Environmental Essay Competition. This environmental essay competition is organized by SM Sains Alam Shah in close collaboration with Roots and Shoots Malaysia and the Malaysian Primatological Society with the support of the Ministry of Education Malaysia.

The competition was officially launched on 12 February 2018 at SM Sains Alam Shah by Mr. Fakhrul Hatta Bin Musa, Deputy Director General 1 of the Department of Wildlife and National Parks, Peninsular Malaysia. This included a welcome address by the school principal, Mr. Norazhar Bin Mohd Shah, a speech by Rina Omar, Programme Manager of Roots & Shoots Malaysia, and a keynote address by Dr. Nadine Ruppert, from Universiti Sains Malaysia. This was followed by a mini exhibition on primates by the Malaysian Primatological Society.

Mr. Fakhrul Hatta Bin Musa, Deputy Director General 1 of the Department of Wildlife and National Parks, Peninsular Malaysia, launches the event.
Ahmad Sabiren Bin Ahmad Bashah

Dr. Nadine Ruppert, senior lecturer at the school of biological sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, delivers the keynote address.
Ahmad Sabiren Bin Ahmad Bashah

Rina Omar, Programme Manager of Roots & Shoots Malaysia, talks about Roots & Shoots and its role.
Ahmad Sabiren Bin Ahmad Bashah

Teachers and students from invited schools in attendance.
Ahmad Sabiren Bin Ahmad Bashah


Students aged 12 to 18 years from all over the world are encouraged to submit entries to this year’s competition with the theme: Conserving our Precious Wildlife: Primates – a Global Perspective. Click (here to view categories).

The competition challenges students to learn more about primates and the threats they face, and to use their creativity to express their views about the importance of nature conservation.

The cash prizes for this competition have been generously sponsored by The Habitat Foundation as part of its environmental education programmes. Winners will also receive book prizes and a special certificate of commendation Click (here to view prizes offered).  A total of 20 prizes will be awarded in both the Junior (12-15) and Senior (16-18) categories. Click Chere link to view Terms and conditions) to find out how you can enter! Click (here to download entry form). To understand what primates are and what to focus on when writing your essays, click (here to view theme and focus).

All entries should be received by the Competition Secretariat at  by 31 May 2018 and the names of winners will be announced on 15 September 2018. To know more about entry requirements, click (here to view frequently asked questions), and for information on the important dates during the dates of the competition, as well as contact details, click (here to view Dates & contact).

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