According to the ADUN of Pantai Jerjak (where I voted) :

Saya sekarang berada dalam Dewan Tun Syed Nasir menunggu Debat Perdana antara Datuk Seri Anwar dan Dato Ahmad Shabery Cheek.

Di Indonesia atau negara maju, debat merupakan perkara yang biasa, debat presiden Amerika menarik tontonan jutaan.

Tetapi, Malaysia begitu sensitif. Saya melalui 3 roadblocks baru sampai. 3 truck polis FRU menunggu di luar seakan-akan debat akan menyebabkan rusuhan.

Perjalanan Demokrasi masih jauh lagi.

I saw Sdr. Sim and also Dato’ Zahrain from PKR on TV. I tuned in to channel 119. It seems that RTM dare not show the debate between DSAI and the Minister of Information. I wonder why? Afraid our folks in the kampong cannot understand?

I took notes and here are some of what I noted down. It may be a little bias and if I have less points covered by the Min. of Information, it is because I cannot immediately get his points while whatever DSAI is very easily understood.

(DSAI is Datuk Seri Anwar and SC is Datuk Sharbery Cheek)

Opening round

DSAI said we only need to reduce 50 sen of the current petrol price. It will costs the Gov. RM3B and this will reduce the burdens of the rakyat. DSAI gave some information on the IPP where they have a 40% capacity and he explains how to find the RM3B. DSAI brought up the issue of crony companies and corruption. DSAI talked about the ‘bocor’, i.e. leaking to the crony companies.

SC from start to finish talk about the global oil prices and kept bringing up the incident in 1974 and personally attacked DSAI. He reminded people of the Baling incident where Anwar led a demo by the university students against Tun Razak. SC said if reduce by 50 sen, it will costs the Gov RM50B and will cause hardship.

SC’s quote : DSAI mengambil kesempatan dari kesempitan rakyat.

SC said the foreign oil companies like Exxon, Shell and etc will benefited also and therefore, not a good idea. SC went on about Norway and etc.

DSAI shot it down, telling SC that we cannot compare with Norway whose per capita is 10x ours. DSAi made a very heartfelt plea that the subsidy is to help the poor farmers, fishermen, lower income, the Malays especially and the Bumiputras in East Malaysia. He UMNO is as if still not aware of the difficulties and hardships faced by these people.

DSAI mocked the use of the word subsidy which he said is a very negative implication. Whenever want to help the poor, they use the word subsidy. But if want to bail out MAS, the ports and the crony companies, they use fanciful names like incentives.

Question from some guy in blue shirt who is from the SC side. He asked something like perli DSAI, saying DSAI treats the political issue like a father died and giving away his properties to the children. Meaning, DSAI is misleading that changing of Gov to PR will get that effect.

DSAI hit back that khazanah negara is really the ownership of the rakyat and hence, it must favours the rakyat. If not, don’t tell him must take care of cronies and big taukeh?

Meanwhile, another guy from DSAI asked SC about the last time where the Gov. promised to use the increase in petrol price to fund public transport. However, he quoted that the figure used for improvement of public transport was way below the amount of petrol price increase. Now, with the even steeper price increase, where will the money goes to?

Then, SC gave feeble replies, comparing prices in Venezuela and Iran where inflation is very bad.

DSAI tembak balik with figures that our inflation will increase by 8% when our prices increase like this. DSAI also reminded that when the petrol price increase, Petronas too gain and not losing out. The only one losing out is the rakyat.

Then, the blue shirt guy again asked DSAI. He asked why DSAI picked on petrol price to gain popularity? (doh…ini debat minyak lah woi! I shouted from my living room).

Then, Q&A from DSAI to SC. DSAI is losing his patience with SC because SC kept comparing with poor countries. DSAI said the Gov. has mengkhianati (betray) the rakyat because before the 12 GE, they say no increase but suddenly increase so much. Then, the Gov use the media to twist the stories. He asked why don’t use the khazanah negara to reduce the burdens of the rakyat.

SC replied that why didn’t DSAI did all those things when he was the DPM? He again brought up the Baling incident in 1974. SC said DSAI time in 1997, the IMF was choking the rakyat, causing SME to go bankrupt. He pointed fingers at DSAI.

SC then asked DSAI what if Petronas has no more oil by 2015 which is according to report. DSAI mocked SC to read properly, the whole sentence. DSAI reminded SC that he is not criticising Petronas because it is a good company. He only criticise the BN government due to the ‘bocor’ of the money to cronies and corruption. He also quoted Ani Arope, the EPU and etc. DSAI said the rakyat can only nganga (mouth wide open) because the benefits go to the cronies.

DSAI was unhappy about the fitnah (false accusations) on the IMF and etc but said the debate is not about him and SC but about oil.

DSAI also revealed that Petronas gave a special dividend to the Government totalling RM6B. Why not use this to reduce the rakyat burdens and also to avoid major economy crisis and unemployment.

Then, the main guy from the debate asked DSAI why he cannot use this good ideas to benefit the country. (Doh…I wanted to shout again).

DSAI said the idea is not a partisan idea and not limited to only PR. But will UMNO carry it out? Will the PM listen? DSAI said we are losing out with countries which used to be on par with us like Korea, Taiwan and Singapore. He reminded that we cannot compare with countries like Somalia and Zimbabwe.

SC went another round of saying DSAI is always for the populist tactic. Talking about the old incidents again. He said if Petronas is a good company now, it is credit to UMNO.

Somewhere, DSAI also pointed out to SC that he used to belong to Semangat 46.

In concluding points, DSAI said Malaysia export price is high, the breakpoint of oil price is almost there and the Gov must be responsible towards its rakyat. In 2-3 months time, the economy is going down. He said he will not reply on the personal attacks him by SC. He perli that SC has RTM to twist the stories while DSAI has no other outlets, so he needs to go down to the rakyat.

Meanwhile, SC again concluded by personal attack again. He said DSAI has demo culture, even during Tun Razak time, even during Tun M time and now, during Pak Lah time. SC said Malaysia has one of the best growth at 6%. SC reminded that the Gov is being very generous to allow DSAI to an open debate.

The End

**Note : I am not responsible for any misquotes because I merely jot down whatever I hear. But basically, it is an interesting debate because we can see for ourselves BN in action. It is always the same issues of global oil prices and personal attacks by bringing back old stories of DSAI. However, I applaud the Minister of Information for being there to stand up for Pak Lah and DPM. Now, let’s compare what I wrote with what we are going to read in the mainstream media tomorrow.

LOL, do read one comment about Sharbery Cheek. I dare not say it but apparently someone left a comment in my old post.

Links of other bloggers who cover the debate:

1) Rohaizad

2) Anak Merdeka

Updated : Malaysiakini reported that two cameramen were kicked in the stomach.

And if I compare the numbers I noted and the report from Malaysiakini, I am very accurate!