Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Debate itself the winner in Anwar-Shabery duel

KUALA LUMPUR. July 15 — It doesn't matter who was the winner of the first ever American-style live TV debate in the country tonight — with Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek taking centrestage to argue about fuel price hikes. The real winner was the debate itself.

Concluded quickly within an hour with a format quite similar to the American presidential candidate debates, with a rostrum each for the debater on stage, the most glaring thing for all to see was the quality of debate.

Some may say Anwar, the de facto leader of Parti Keadilan Rakyat, won the debate as he focused on the issue at hand — the fuel price hike — while Ahmad Shabery, the Information Minister, seemed to take cheap shots at Anwar especially his younger days as a rabble rouser.

Anwar proposed to reduce the current petrol pump price by 50 sen the moment his opposition coalition of PKR, PAS and DAP take over the Federal Government.

"Petronas has announced a special dividend RM6 billion to the government for this year. Why can't I take RM1 billion of that to reduce the petrol price by 50 sen?" he said to applause from a section of the 300-strong audience in the Dewan Bahasa and Pustaka Hall in Kuala Lumpur.


*Saw that live on Bernama TV. Anwar gave a hint of ways to cut down the oil price. The info minister are more interested in attacking anwar's character bringing issues such as Baling demonstration which i think should not be touched. He opened up him self to be shot by Anwar.

I think the debate is one of the best thing to happen in Malaysian politics in a long time. Anwar gave convincing statement while defending personal attack by info minister. The debate should go on for 90 minutes as originally plan. Overall it was a good thing for this country.

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