It’s Set! Najib-Anwar Debate On May 12

The much-awaited debate between Najib and Anwar is set for May 12. - Photocredit Cilisos

The much-anticipated public debate between former premier Najib and opposition leader Anwar over the Sapura Energy and other national issues is set for May 12.

PETALING JAYA: The public debate between Najib Razak from Umno and Anwar Ibrahim from PKR over the Sapura Energy Bhd issue has been fixed for May 12.

At a joint press conference today between PKR communications director Fahmi Fadzil and Selangor Barisan Nasional information chief Isham Jalil, it was disclosed that the debate would be held at Dewan Tunku Canselor, Universiti Malaya, at 9pm.

Anwar had previously said that all the media should be allowed to cover the debate, referring to Najib’s camp saying that it was keen on having the debate aired live on Malaysia Gazette.

Both sides have previously had different opinions on when the debate should be held, but now said the debate would have three segments.

The first segment will discuss the financially-troubled Sapura Energy Berhad, the second will focus on Malaysia’s future in terms of its economy, politics and direction, and the third will involve a question-and-answer session. 

“We believe many are looking forward to this debate. We believe this will provide the opportunity for Malaysians to evaluate the various ideas, arguments and different views,” Fahmi added.

He hoped the debate could be held in a peaceful atmosphere to “reflect a more mature political culture”.  

Sapura Energy, a government-linked company (GLC), had announced a loss of RM8.9 billion last year.  Najib said this was the largest for any Malaysian GLC in history. 

Najib has been pushing for a bailout of the company, while PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli has been against the idea, stating the funds can be put to better use. – New Malaysia Herald

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