Its Najib that we want, not Khairy penyebuk..... Pakatan Rakyat leaders urged Prime Minister Najib Razak to reconsider his decision not to engage in an economic debate with Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim, saying that such a refusal would only deny the citizens their right to get facts correct and directly from the horses mouths.
The ability and tenacity for debate is the hallmark of good governance, leadership and democracy. The measure of a leaders conviction and belief in his or her policies lie in the willingness to advocate, defend and argue his or her case publicly. This is particularly true where free media and transparency are lacking and where the government appears to avoid debating certain policies even in Parliament itself, Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah told Malaysia Chronicle.
So, in light of Datuk Seri Najib Razaks statement that it is unnecessary for the rakyat (citizenry) to decide between the policies of BN and Pakatan Rakyat, it further illustrates arrogance and condescension towards the right of the rakyat to hear arguments from both sides. The fact is the rakyat yearns to know the facts. The right thing to do would be to accept this debate as it involves the most important of policies for the nation. It is not too late.
Over-reliance on spin doctors
The proposal for the debate came from Najibs arch rival Anwar, who issued the challenge after Najib lambasted the Pakatans 100-days reform plan as unsound and would bankrupt the country in two years. Despite the stridency of his rhetoric, most Malaysians knew in their hearts the 57-year old PM would not be able to summon the courage to face his 63-year old political foe. To ensure his own political survival, Najib has pinned manifestly fabricated sodomy charg! es on An war and even suspended him from Parliament.
It shows Najib is not confident. He should have the courage to prove that he has better policies than Anwar and explain these in person and face to face. But it looks like Najib is unable to function without crafted speeches and tutorials from his spin doctors, Seri Setia assemblyman Nik Nazmi told Malaysia Chronicle.
Interest in the Anwar-Najib debate has flared up, underscoring the concern Malaysians feel about their economy. The middle and low income groups are grappling with inflation that financial analysts have predicted could double to 3.4 per cent in 2011 versus the 1.7 per cent chalked last year. There is also curiosity and sheer dumb-foundedness that Najib could announce a slew of super mega-projects such as the Economic Transformation Programme worth RM1.4 trillion when just months before his own ministers had warned Malaysia could go bankrupt by 2019 if it did not cut subsidies on consumer essentials.
Najib is unable to withstand the pressure of facing Anwar. So far, all his ETP are just empty promises and pie in the sky. In a face-off that is bound to be televised live, he cannot rely on his tutors to spin reasons for him. There will be just too many questions for him to answer, Taiping MP Nga Kor Ming told Malaysia Chronicle.
Give the people the chance to decide
Meanwhile, in a bid to help Najib save face, the Youth wing of his Umno party led by Khairy Jamaluddin has offered to stand in for him. Umno Youth information head Reezal Merican and Youth secretary Megat Firdouz Megat Junid arrived at the PKR's headquarters to hand over the invitation to Anwar on Thursday. They told reporters that Anwar's chief-of-staff accepted their letter.
Such a political debate is important as it helps clarify issues for voters. Many democratic countries hold such debates. PMs refusal shows he is not undemocratic and perhaps fearful. Also KJs! offer t o debate Anwar is impertinent. He is welcome to debate our party Youth leaders, PKR vice president N Surendran told Malaysian Chronicle.
Perhaps, Izzah has summed it up well. Her rationale certainly highlighted the lack of logic in Najib's response.
Let history show and the people judge for themselves in whose interest or disinterest is it for the PM to not only decline but malign the democratic purpose of a debate, especially when it involves billions of the peoples money. Such issues as these touch millions of lives and the very future of our country. If this isnt reason enough for debate, then what is? asked Nurul.
In turning down the debate, Najib had said:
If we want to have a debate, there must be an outcome. I dont see any outcome (in this debate challenge). Whats important is the publics opinion and their evaluation, Najib had said, side-stepping how the public could evaluate when its leaders shied away from open discourse and debate on key issues.
Umno Youth was only "pretending" by delivering the invitation, suggesting that their real motive was to deflect attention away Najib. KJ is only pleasing Najib to give him chance to be appointed in Najib's cabinet. What have KJ got to do with government policies and steering the economy?
Kita mahu orang nombor 1, 1Malaysia yang mempunyai dealing terus dengan dasar2 ekonomi negara bukan hantar KJ budak berhingus,walaupun ketua pemuda tapi tak terlibat langsung dengan dasar2 gomen Najib 1Malaysia....