The two municipal councils were saved from abolition by the rhetorical skills of debaters from La Salle College. Hong Kong's finest student debaters turned up for a rhetorical battle over the abolition of the Provisional Urban Council and the Provisional Regional Council, staged at Ying Wa College. Teams from Ying Wa College and La Salle College were pitted against each other as finalists in the Inter-school Chinese Debate Competition. The motion was for the abolition of the two councils. Opposing the motion, winners La Salle argued the councils' shortcomings and poor communication between them were not sufficient excuses to abolish them without doing anything to improve the present system. Ying Wa argued for abolition, pointing to poor management and a lack of co-operation. Competition judge Mak Chi- kin, a producer at RTHK's Radio 4, said the two teams performed well. 'Their sense of current news is strong, with full details of the two councils,' he said. 'You can impress others with body movements and the rhythm of your voice. 'When you speak with confidence, you can convince others with the facts you have.' Fellow judge Robert Chung Ting-yiu, a research officer at the Social Sciences Research Centre of the University of Hong Kong said the debaters should deal with the topic in a practical way to examine the impact on the public. 'They should show their passion and the team spirit from the start. The captain and the first speaker should bring up the atmosphere pointing to the core of the topic. 'Belief in what you say is the key to persuasion.' The Best Speaker Award went to Sacred Heart Canossian College's Winnie Lau Cheuk-wah. 'One should get used to speaking in front of others and carry out detailed research on the topic being debated,' the 17-old sixth former said. La Salle's captain Kennon Tam Chung-lun, 16, attributed their success to good preparation and confidence. Sacred Heart Canossian College and Marynoll Convent School were the second and third runners-up respectively.