Wednesday, July 16, 2008

The Great Debate

The long awaited TV debate between Parti Keadilan Rakyat's de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim and Information Minister Ahmad Shabery Cheek at the Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka was aired live on a few channels last night. Meanwhile, NST online reports, here, that "there was no clear winner" but I believe it all depends on which side you are on.

I was quite amused that the minister insisted on getting personal and taking political digs even after being gently chided repeatedly by Anwar. To my mind, what happened in the past is history, which we can learn from, especially since Anwar wasn't the top dog and the buck didnt stop with him. But we have to give credit where credit is due and kudos to Ahmad Shabery for letting this debate take place, and having the balls to take on Anwar especially when his taikohs are all inclined to go on a denial mode.

Last night was probably the first time in a decade the rakyat get to see Anwar speak on TV where words, gestures and body language will not fool the masses. The issue debated upon i.e., “Form a government today, fuel prices will decrease tomorrow” now seem pretty academic unless Anwar's opposition Pakatan Rakyat really get to form the government soon.

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  1. Anwar didn't go without a jab at Shabery too - walaupun dia dulu tokoh Semangat 46..i laughed out loud at that. Otherwise it's too unlike the Anwar we've come to know (and love?nah). it was an overall good debates and should be made to go on. not on this issue, but i reckon the bloggers can gather to call for more positive steps towards a more mature democracy like this one.

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  2. good debate methinks! Shabery was right on one thing, I tuned in to listen to how Anwar intends on fulfilling his promise to revert fuel price to that of before the global price soar..not this in stages initial slowly thing. though i must say that wasn't surprising from the master of diversion himself.

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  3. Both are good orators,but the 2 reperesentatives of the speakers were not up to the mark...below par....the prof. pulled himself down.

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  4. ah AM, the winner clearly was
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    the malaysian society which means meanies like you and Desi included. For a better Malaysia and truly civil democratic discourse.

    Saults to both Shabery and Anwar, Agenda Daly plus the TV as facilitators .. asOlover twisted would yell; VVe want amore!...

    PS: Stayed up till 1.30Am toknock up a summary for CPI, surf over soon and do Komento -- I'll buy thee runch sext at Lingam's -- don't tell brozorro, he'll pup'icisie it !:(

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  5. Hello hello, we are the winners.

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  6. Hi Capt,

    I agree that at least Shabery is far better than Zam (the 'infamous erection minister'?) but Anwar the clear winner in debate with Ahmad Shabery

    Regards
    Ben

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  7. salam capt,

    DSAI dah kena tahan..

    harap2 tak ada kejadian buruk yg akan berlaku (lagi).

    amin.

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  8. CAPTAIN, BERITA SEDEH NIE...DATUK SERI ANWAR IBRAHIM DH DI TANGKAP OLEH POLIS DURJANA, KUL 1.15 TDK DI UMAH DIER...KNP TRJADI BEGINI PD DIER?? YA ALLAH, KENAPA BEGITU BESAR DUGAAN YANG KO BERI KN KEPADA HAMBA MU YG BERADA DI ATAS JALAN BENAR, KENAPA YG MUNGKAR ,MASIH BERLELUASA... BILA KAH HUKUMAN KE ATAS MEREKA YANG ZALIM INI AKAN KO TURUNKAN KEPADA MEREKA, YA ALLAH...

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  9. Semakin hari Malaysia kita semakin jadi orang hutan.Di mana kah letaknya islam hadhari ? Buat malu kat anak cucu.All these will be recorded in history. Even malaikat juga akan record untuk akhirat nanti.Hope those responsibble know that there is life after death.

    Apalah maknanya hidup yang singkat di dunia , dengan siksa yang berpanjangan di akhirat nanti.

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  10. Captain

    An indepedent media will enable all of us to have this kind of debate.

    But our press is still subject to the licensing laws and remain cowed by the govt in power.

    The first two thing the PR govt can do is to do away with the annual licensing of media

    Allow full private ownership of media and political parties allowed only 15 % ownership of any mainstream media, except subscribed media.

    That will be the real test of democracy.

    Otherwise we are still like a communist state.

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  11. Malaysian politicians should start to learn how to debate intelligently. Future debates should take note of public opinions about this one ... don't fool around (too much) with personal attacks and all that ... we got enough of those in the web already; one is likely to be viewed as evasive if one does that, so just answer the question.

    Sheesh, we should tell this to the MPs too. They waste so much time talking cock and doing what samseng jalanan can do also (like our great Bung Mokhtar).

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  12. Malaysians are Doomed? Rakyat Malaysia Pupus?

    Jeyklls and Hydes in Malaysia. Are you? (Ask your children.)

    Jeyklls dan Hydes di Malaysia. Adakah anda? (Tanyalah anak-anak anda).

    Posted at http://Patek1472.wordpress.com.

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  13. capt., the harder they try to fix up DSAI, the more malaysians will open their eyes. DSAI is suffering now, but the ALmighty has allowed him free air time, which otherwise will not be available! they have plenty to explain to malaysians for the way they treated DSAI. It is so obvious that they have gathered that they are going down, pretty fast at that; hence all these vulgar actions against a leader who would put all those in BN to shame!i thought their actions were foolish, but what can one expects from fools, especially if given such power!!

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  14. Assalamualaikum Capt,
    Eventhough I'm not into PKR, but that debate night I'm with DSAI. Bercakap harus tenang, not emotional and doing homework. Dan...jgn biarkan air liur melejeh di tepian bibir (walaupun org kata murah rezeki. Try ler prepare sapu tangan. Sorry Datuk Shabery. Jgn marah.
    For those still supporting DSAI do not jump for the arrest. Malaysia masih ada Kedaulatan Undang2. Bertenang.

    Still got the blues towards Nurul Izzah... ehem ehem...

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