A DELIGHTED debating team won for Baptist College the institute's second victory in five years at the Inter Post Secondary College Debate Competition. Although the City Polytechnic of Hongkong team lost to Baptist College by three points, they were not too disappointed - they had already broken arecord by making it to the final for the first time. The event, in its 10th year, is co-organised by Radio Television Hongkong (RTHK) and the Hongkong Federation of Students. The motion - ''The Government should subsidise the sandwich class to buy homes'' - generated electric arguments and attracted crowds to the stage next to Victoria Park's pavilion, the city's usual forum centre. Baptist College, who opposed the motion, felt that their team effort prepared them well, and that all members performed up to standard. While sympathising with the plight of the sandwich class, the team soon skilfully focused their attack on the policy of ''subsidy'', which they defined as ''monetary aid''. City Polytechnic's Lee Chi-ngai, however, had a strong reply: ''If subsidising means only giving out money, then why is the sum given to help the poor called 'public assistance' rather than 'public subsidy'? '' Arguments were then narrowed down to the fine distinction between ''subsidy'' and ''assistance''. City Polytechnic's Francis Lai Tak-ming said his team was slightly nervous and found itself in a stranglehold on this point. ''Because of this, we had less time to devote to our final arguments,'' he said. During the questioning period, in which students from both colleges challenged team representatives on the opposing side, Baptist College's Chung Hok-leung emerged with powerful replies that earned him the Best Debater title. ''He presented himself very well, with quick responses, organised and sharp arguments, as well as poised manners,'' said Mr Chu Pui-hing, the assistant Director of Broadcasting and one of the five adjudicators. Besides Mr Chu, the judging panel included Executive Councillor Mr Edward Chen Kwan-yiu, legislators Mr Allen Lee Peng-fei, Mr Leong Che-hung and Ms Anna Wu Hung-yuk. As champion, Baptist College received a Brands Scholarship of $15,000. The debate will be broadcast on RTHK Radio One on Sunday at 9 am and screened on TVB Jade at 4 pm the same day.