NAJIB: HIGH UP…
A giant banner of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak is displayed on the facade of a building ahead of the general election in Kuala Lumpur on April 8, 2013. — Reuters pic
Najib: Who do you trust – Anwar, Hadi or me?
The 13th general election boils down to one question: Who do you trust to lead Malaysia? BN chief Najib Abdul Razak, PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim or PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang.
This was the message driven down by Najib as he launched the ruling coalition’s manifesto at the Stadium Putra at Bukit Jalil tonight.
And much to his delight, the 15,000-odd BN supporters roared back: “Najib!”
“Humbly, I say, that if the answer is Najib then support and vote for BN because I cannot do this alone. I need my team (to be with me),” he said.
Anwar has proposed a debate between him and Najib many times in the last few years, but the prime minister has always declined, saying debates were not part of Malaysian culture.
But many civic groups support the debate call, saying it would help Malaysians decide which coalition to vote for.
It is unlikely that Najib will accept today’s challenge.
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Anwar says again: Debate me
He says a face-off between him and Najib would be an important prelude to the official election campaign period.
PETALING JAYA: In welcoming the dissolution of Parliament today, Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim repeated his debate challenge to Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak.
“I reiterate my early call to caretaker Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak to accept my proposal for a public debate on policies, economic or social,” Anwar said at a press conference here.
“This will the perfect opportunity for him to defend Barisan Nasional and for me to take the opportunity to explain the Pakatan Rakyat position.”
He said the debate would be an “important and critical” prelude to the official election campaign period.