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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