Anwar-Najib debate takes place on May 12, topics include Sapura Energy and the future of Malaysia | Malaysia

Representative of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, Fahmi Fadzil and Representative of Datuk Seri Najib Razak, Isham Jalil speaks during a press conference on Najib vs Anwar debate, Kuala Lumpur on April 17, 2022. — Photo by Miera Zulyana

KUALA LUMPUR, April 17 – The highly anticipated debate between PKR Chairman Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak will take place at 9pm on May 12 at Dewan Tunku Canselor, Universiti Malaya (UM).

In the first joint press release by Umno and PKR, party representatives Isham Jalil and Fahmi Fadzil said the debate would have three parts.

The first segment will discuss financially troubled Sapura Energy Berhad, the second will focus on the future of Malaysia in terms of economy, politics and leadership, and the third will involve a Q&A session.

Representative of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, Fahmi Fadzil speaks during a press conference on Najib vs Anwar debate, Kuala Lumpur on April 17, 2022. — Photo by Miera Zulyana
Representative of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, Fahmi Fadzil speaks during a press conference on Najib vs Anwar debate, Kuala Lumpur on April 17, 2022. — Photo by Miera Zulyana

“We think many are looking forward to this debate.

“We also believe that this debate will give Malaysians the opportunity to assess and present different ideas, arguments and viewpoints, in a neutral environment that reflects a more mature political culture,” Fahmi said.

isham said official gazette of malaysiaHaslina Kamaludin would moderate the debate.

As for the attendees, Isham said the hall can accommodate up to 500 people and the guests will be divided into three groups: Najib’s camp, Anwar’s camp and VIPs, officially invited media and the audience.

“We will work on the registration link for the media and the public. From there, unofficial media will be allocated spaces. Rakyat can also register to attend, and they will be chosen by ballot,” he said.

He added that those unable to enter the hall can view the debate outside, where large screens will be set up under awnings.

Fahmi added that the arrangements are still under discussion and that the two parties are considering how to better manage the on-site viewing of the debate.

Isham said that Anwar and Najib agreeing to face each other is a good step forward for the Malaysian political scene.

“I think it’s time for Malaysian politicians to get used to debating. In developed countries, their politicians are so used to debating – to discussing differences in ideals.

“So we have to get used to debating current affairs, especially as the general election approaches,” he said.

Fahmi agreed with Isham, who said he hoped events like this would open Malaysians to a more mature political scene.

“We have to remember that these two figures have a long history in Malaysian politics, and I’m sure some people wonder why Anwar would debate Najib when Anwar was imprisoned under Najib’s administration.

“But what I see is that we can follow the example of these two political figures, who are ready to put aside their differences to give confidence to Malaysians to live harmoniously.

“We can forgive but maybe not forget, but we have to go on. We have to see who has the best and most rational ideas, and whether we like it or not, in the current political situation, friends and foes are now the same – and what helps us stand out are our ideas, our image and the way we present our points of view. ,” he said.

Earlier this month, Najib responded to former PKR MP Rafizi Ramli’s challenge to a Sapura Energy Berhad bailout debate, saying he wanted to debate Anwar instead.

Najib also said that it was the representative of Anwar who had agreed with his representative to hold the debate after the month of fasting, and claimed that PKR now alleged that Najib was afraid to debate.

Najib denied this and gave his guarantee that he would argue with Anwar of financially troubled Sapura Energy.

Anwar then accepted the former prime minister’s challenge to debate, adding that his position on the issue has remained clear and unchanged since he threw the gauntlet to Najib to debate the economy over a decade ago. , which never materialized.

“Now he chooses to challenge me at the start of Ramadan, after failing to respond to Rafizi Ramli’s rebuttals on the issue of ‘rescuing’ Sapura at a time when the poor and small traders are not being taken care of. .

“I am ready to confront and debate Najib Razak at any time for the people and the country,” he said.