The debate. Anwar spoke about it. The government prepared for it. But really, after watching the debate, how much did Shabery Cheek prepare for the debate, besides quoting circulated e-mails which many of us got.
I quickly finished my fried lala, Hokkien mee and yee mee to catch this historical event. What I thought was that, Anwar was now in their turf. In the TV3 studio and we all know, or at least can deduce from the wolf howls and lewd whistles that the crowd was bias towards one side. Especially each time Shabery Cheek gave a ‘factual comment’. But Anwar stood his ground, cool and compose, and at least he blurted facts based on reports and not merely rhetoric comments. If this debate was held in Dataran Merdeka, trust me, it would have been a roaring pandemonium, that is, when each time Anwar delivers his statements. And of course we will have road blocks once again. My deepest regrets t those who made it late for the CLP examination on Monday 14/07/2008. It was indeed a cruel move to have the road blocks for the sake of our ‘national security’. Geeez….with each road block such as these, I feel so secure. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind roadblocks…if it was for a proper reason. But not this.
Back to the debate, Shabery now, compared us to Venezuala, Iran etc. They may have the lowest price in oil, but they also have one of the highest inflation rates in the world. And he claims that Malaysia although may have high petrol prices, we have low inflation rates. LOW? On what basis did he made that claim? COME ON MAN! The fact that Teh O Ais is now RM1.30 already shows inflation by any lay man’s standard! I may not be an economics whizz, but I do know when petrol price increase, so does the cost for travelling. And if the cost for traveling increase, those who do supplies will increase the price for supplies to cover these costs. And thus begins a chain of inflated prices. Geez man, I don’t know jacknuts about macro economics or microeconomics, but that’s that! So…..once again, don’t compare for the wrong reasons!! We are comparing the price of petrol and the maintenance of it!! Thank goodness they didn’t compare us to Myanmar this time as before.
Personal attacks were made, to discredit Anwar. Ok. Not relevant to the debate. What was he thinking? Similar fact evidence? Of what? That Anwar opposed the leaders in every decade? I guess the worst thing for him to bring out would be the 1998 crisis. Especially when you are going against something who knows more about the economic situation first hand. Once again, its facts against opinion, and in debates, opinions without facts would be treated as…..mere opinions, baseless, space….air….whatever you choose to call it. Haha. Guess he forgot that this debate was about the oil hike. Not about Anwar. Haha…ok. To be fair, Anwar strayed a little, but perhaps that was on the defence and not the offence. Hey, its not everyday that he gets a chance to speak on live tv nowadays, so, of course ,make the most out of it! He even acknowledged that.
Our country claim to have saved billions on the reducing subsidies, but based on the questions (which is based on last years report on the 30 cent hike), only a few million was used on the improvement of the transportation. Now you may say that this money is channeled to other developments, but then again, people pay taxes! And this, my friends is merely the subsidy moneys, and we are not even talking about other moneys that the people pay to the government. Anyways, there was more of course and I shall perhaps watch the debate again, if it is on youtube to do a second assessment.
Sure it aint like the Obama vs Clinton debates, but hey….it’s a start to democracy. Kudos I would say to Malaysia for allowing this to happen. Anyway, hands down to Anwar, for being calm and composed. Surely he inherited the composure of Dr M once, being his protege, but did it in his own way. Well, tonight it was his night. Lets hope that there will be more of this, and that the arrest charge would once again be dropped due to lack of a case. As for the sodomy issue, did he do it or not, I have no idea. But I would give him the benefit of doubt for his innocence , as opposed to not guilty. Well, if I’m wrong later, you can all slap me and tell me “ I TOLD YOU SO!!” . As for Bung Mokhtar….will he ever learn………..