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In a 12-hour poll conducted by Malaysiakini after the debate, almost 96% of the readers said Anwar did far better than Information Minister Ahmad Shabery Cheek.
A total of 18,684 readers had participated in the poll, of which 17,240 or 95 percent said Anwar was more convincing in his arguments.
Ninety (90) percent of readers believed Ahmad Shabery avoided most of the questions put by the moderator and two other panelists.And when it comes to how the two debaters fared on a scale of 1 to 10, Anwar appeared to have outclassed Shabery. Read here for more
PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim and Information Minister Shabery Cheek participated in a historic debate which was carried live on TV tonight.
The debate entitled ‘Form the government today, reduce fuel prices tomorrow’ was held at the Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka in Kuala Lumpur. It began at 9pm and lasted for one hour.
The event, sponsored by web portal AgendaDaily, was moderated by Dewan Bahasa and Pustaka chairperson Johan Jaafar and two other panelists - current affairs weekly Siasah editor Zulkifli Sulong and Universiti Utara Malaysia vice-chancellor Nordin Kardi.
Excerpts from Malaysiakini on summary of the debate:
Read here for more, and HERE on Anil Netto's Blog .
Anwar, 60, was the first to speak and in his opening, he declared that should Pakatan Rakyat come to power, it would, as an early measure, reduce fuel prices by 50 sen per litre. In order to finance such a measure, Anwar proposed that leakages be plugged and that national power supplier Tenaga Nasional (TNB) reduce their reserve capacity from 40 percent to 20 percent, thereby reducing the amount of funds going to independent power producers (IPPs).
Shabery, 50, spent about two minutes arguing that the fuel prices were not the fault of the government but the result of a rise in global crude oil prices. In Shabery’s opening statement, he went on the offensive, pointing out that Anwar’s claim of reducing fuel prices was made prior to the March 8 general elections and as such, the 50-sen reduction should be for the price before the recent fuel price hikes, which was RM1.92.
By the three-and-a-half minute mark, Shabery launched his first of many personal attacks against Anwar by highlighting the opposition politician’s role in organising street demonstrations when he was a youth leader.
Anwar’s appointed panelist, Siasah editor Zulkifli Sulong, asked Shabery on the government’s claim that the RM4 billion saved from the March 2006 fuel hike to be spent on improving public transport. Shabery did not respond to the question on public transport.
Instead Shabery went to talk about how Venezuela and Iran had low oil prices but staggeringly high inflation and how the Malaysian government had weathered through the ongoing food crisis and still keep rice prices lower than even Thailand, a rice producer.
Zulkifli tried to jump in to say that Shabery did not answer his question but this was waved off by moderator Johan (right), who asked the magazine editor to ask his question to Anwar.
At the end of the debate Anwar walked over to Shabery to shake his hand.
Yes, Anwar came out of that debate smelling roses while his truly unworthy opponent, that frothing-at-the-mouth Shabry made a huge stink of himself. Of course, right now Sabry must be foolishly congratulating himself for making all those offensive remarks, but when he finally realizes how disgusted the people are with his tactics, he is going to want to kick himself all the way to the North Pole and back. Anwar has come off as the more matured, intelligent, calm and more witty speaker. Meanwhile the man who was the facilitator made some cutting remarks about Anwar’s argument at one point but HE SAID NOTHING TO SABRY for hitting below the belt. Where can we send letters of protest about him? Basically, the only one who knew what he was talking about and what the debate was actually about was Anwar. The others were an embarrasement.
Bodoh serta Banggang! Bengong tak terkira dan tak terbatas hadnya.
Preparation :Anwar was clearly prepared for this debate. He has the eloquence to hold this debate through and through. On the other hand, Shabery was poorly prepared. He has no idea what he wants to talk about. He has no sense of the debate and didn't know how to time his speeches. You just need to look at his first speech to know how inexperienced he is.
Facts :Anwar was spitting out facts after facts. Shabery was simply spitting out craps! Common, is that difficult to get some facts to support your argument?? All I hear was a lesson on history (which by the way is irrelevant).
Sportsmanship:Anwar approached Shabery for a handshake. That's a gentleman gesture for a debate. Shabery seemed to be too afraid to do anything. What a gutless politician.
Shabery: I think you need to RESIGN ASAP. Another disgrace to M'sians. If this person can become an Information Minister, then I think my uncle at the kopi tiam can become the PM of the country la. My goodnees, i didn't know they have the gut to replace a moronic information minister with another one.
I know there are many of us out there who are doubtful about this man, but I personally believe that we have no one better to lead this country than the man we saw on tv just now. I hope Malaysians would give him the chance…