Putting partisan views aside, Ahmad Shabery has failed in dejection at the debate moderated by agendadaily.com at Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka on Tuesday night.
He failed in desolation to protect Abdullah’s so called open economy in the well publicized debate by focusing on personal attacks on the PKR de factor leader Anwar Ibrahim, digressing way out of topic.
Anwar on the other hand was more composed and he still has the feel of the job he used to undertake as the Minister of Finance to remain on track set for the debate.
I have too tiny knowledge on economy but big enough to see the huge difference of performances between the two leaders in front of 200 audience by invitation and was viewed ‘live’ through TV9.
Anwar was a clear winner if there were prizes and awards for the debate and Shabery has a lot more sharpening job to do in order to get somewhere near to him (Anwar).
Ahmad Shabery took the stage by hurling sharp personal attacks on Anwar, obviously to cover the scanty and non-consequential points he had and that is typical for our weak UMNO leaders.
He was visibly ill-prepared, and if not because of his bit of wittiness in words he would have been embarrassed to the optimum scale in front of eager viewers through TV9 nationwide.
For Anwar, the debate was a very comfortable premise for his additional political mileage while he is struggling to go through tough, thorny and messy sodomy issue against him.
Somehow he outclassed Ahmad Shabery in the debate but that is not a surprise as he is known to be communicative and eloquent debater since his younger days in his school and university campus.
Shabery was in a total lost right from the very beginning and could not comprehend the difference between money due to the government through taxes and dividends from Petronas.
Shabery was too slow to realize that he was drowned by Anwar through figures of dollar and cents which was very vague, and Shabery could have casually capitalize and add a bit more points for him from the losing debate.
Shabery was more interested in amusing Abdullah Badawi and resisted to give a breath of tribute to the creator of PETRONAS, Tengku Razaleigh, an MP of BN whom he has served for almost 2 decades.
Whether we like it or not, Anwar did a splendid job of convincing the audience and the viewers of TV9 that he was more quantitative in his arguments with regards to the debated issue as it has a lot to do with figures and numbers.
Shabery has failed to the optimal point to invalidate Anwar’s proposal that securitizing the cash and assets of Petronas, to reduce the price of petrol and diesel as not viable.
This is due to the fact that he himself does not have the cut to talk about economy, the subject he knows too tiny and I proudly say that he is not much better than my miserable self.
The only point that he made good was on wasteful emotional attacks on Anwar which was too far away from the topic of the debate and holds no relevance to the stage for the night.
After what we saw and heard last night, do we blame the people for flirting around with the opposition?
Answer it yourself and I believe you will give a perfect one.