ATC victorious again in 9th LAWASIA Moot Competition

Daniel Abishegam reports on Advance Tertiary College's continuing success in the LAWASIA Moot Competition
ATC Mooting team
The winning team (pictured from left): Aizura Mirsya, Melvin Ng, Baldeep Singh and coach Alwin Rajasurya

Advance Tertiary College (ATC) emerged as champions of the 9th LAWASIA Moot Competition (Malaysian National Rounds) and earned the right to represent Malaysia at the 9th LAWASIA International Moot Competition 2014 to be held in Bangkok, Thailand this year. Three ATC teams participated and were amongst the 25 teams participating from 10 institutions around Malaysia.

Hosted by the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration (KLRCA) in Jalan Conlay, the moot problem was an arbitration proceeding. ATC has an excellent record in this competition as it has won the national rounds three times in a row now and five times in total.

The champion team comprising Mr Melvin Ng Yet Ting, Ms Aizurra Mirsya bt Mohd Aminudin and Mr Baldeep Singh a/l Jaswant Singh powered their way to the championship by defeating teams from some of the prominent law schools in Malaysia. When asked, they put their victory down to a lot of hard work and sheer determination. Lifting the LAWASIA Malaysian Bar Challenge trophy was a dream come true for the team.

The two other ATC teams emerged in third and fourth place respectively. The victory was made sweeter when mooters from ATC emerged as the three best mooters in the entire competition. Ms Janine Kimura was named the best mooter of the competition, taking home the Mah Weng Kwai Challenge trophy. The second highest placed mooter was Mr Melvin Ng and the third was Ms Thanganachiar a/p Vasantharajan from ATC’s Penang branch. This was testament to ATC’s dominance at the competition.

"ATC has a long tradition of excellence in various mooting competitions and encourages all students to participate."

The teams paid tribute to their coaches, namely Mr Alwin Rajasurya, himself a champion mooter who and ATC graduate. With him was Mr Ragunathan Natarajan who coached the team from ATC Penang and Ms Amy Cheah Hsiao Phin. The coaches emphatically stated that although celebrations are due, the ultimate goal is to win the international competition that ATC last won in 2011 when the competition was held in Seoul, Korea. There was much more hard work to be invested for that competition.

ATC has a long tradition of excellence in various mooting competitions and encourages all students to participate. An internal competition is held every year to unearth talent and to provide as many students as possible with the opportunity to hone their skills. Mooting workshops and exhibitions are also regularly held for the benefit of the students.

Mooting is an integral part of legal education as it provides training for the fundamental skills necessary to become a successful lawyer. Mooting offers systematic training in the essential skills of problem solving, legal analysis, drafting submissions and the development of public speaking. ATC recognises this and ensures its students are exposed to mooting at national and international levels.