Controversy at debate during Malaysia’s Punjabi Bhasha Mela

 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | Asia Samachar | 7 June 2015
Johor team won the debate at the Punjabi Bhasha Mela 2015 - PHOTO ASIA SAMACHAR
Johor team won the debate at the Punjabi Bhasha Mela 2015 – PHOTO ASIA SAMACHAR

A controversy of sorts erupted at the debate finals for the Punjabi Bhasha Mela 2015, the Malaysian-based Punjabi language carnival.

A grandmother from Butterworth, Penang, got all worked up when the Johor debating team began making their case to end the carnival. Well, they were just following their script as the debate was on whether or not the Punjabi language carnival should continue.

Earlier, another lady guest, a mother of another participant, had also raised her objection when she heard the Johor debating team member arguing why the event should be discontinued.

One organising team member was seen rushing towards her to explain that it was all in the spirit of the debate, and that the organiser’s have no intention to stop the event.

In the end, the Johor team won the debate, out flanking their opponents from Butterworth, The Johor team comprised of Premipreet Kaur, Pawanraj Singh, Amritapreet Kaur and Karishma Kaur (See photo above).


The two-day national event  ended today. It was held at Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation (APU), formerly known as APIIT, at Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur.

The participants were winners at the regional level held in April in Klang, Seremban, Ipoh and Penang. All in, some 1,000 participants from 42 teams nationwide were expected to take part in the Malaysian-based Punjabi language carnival.

The event, now in its 24th year, is jointly organised by Sikh Naujawan Sabha Malaysia (SNSM) and Khalsa Diwan Malaysia (KDM).

It holds various events meant to promote the Punjabi language including story telling (sakhi), elocution (bhasan), poetry recital (kavita), Gurbani reading (such paath), debate (behas) and impromptu speeches (tatkali peshkari).

For the first time, at the national level, participants also showed their skills in coral speaking where groups narrate a poem or a dramatic piece.


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  1. Totally one-sided in your reporting.
    the ladies made some discerning ppoints. I was in the hall where the debate took place.

    The grandmother from Butterworth made suggestions that were sensible.