Kit Siang disappoints Malaysians
At last, a live debate between two icons of the political rivalries in the new Malaysia. And without the journalistic twaddle to interrupt our attention.
But wait a minute. DAP strongman Lim Kit Siang has backed out of the debate two days after accepting the challenge that former prime minister Najib Razak issued during an interview with FMT.
Lim said he was heeding public pressure for him to desist from stooping to an immoral, unconscionable, irresponsible and malignant politician like Najib.
He gave about 10 excerpts from the “avalanche” of advice he had received from members of the public, including a “Malay academic” who warned him of a racial twist that could benefit Najib.
One wonders if this Malay is among the four academics who painted a similar picture of chaos when they advised the Malay rulers on the threats that the Rome Statute posed to them.
Nobody is questioning Lim’s decades of experience as someone who would speak fearlessly against his opponents. He was jailed, called names, even accused of starting a riot that killed hundreds.
For someone who has walked through the fire for 50 years or more, one would think that debating with a fallen man, defeated by what was once a ragtag coalition led by a nonagenarian, would be a walk in the park.
Lim might as well have said he feared he could not effectively thwart Najib’s “toxic and vicious politics of lies”, as he put it. The veteran MP would then have won accolades for his honesty.
He did not. Instead, he swam through a string of labels before citing reasons that were repeatedly used by the old regime every time a political debate was proposed.
Among the pieces of advice he said he got was that he should not give respectability to a “tarnished” Najib. Another excuse is the all-too-familiar one of racial harmony and national security.
Lest we forget, Najib was once the most powerful man in the country. He was prime minister and finance minister, but most important of all, he is the person blamed for all the financial headaches that the current leadership is facing. So let us not kid ourselves that he and his viewpoints are irrelevant in the new political landscape.
Another narrative – that a Kit Siang-Najib debate will be turned into a “Malay vs Chinese conflict” – is an insult to the millions of Malaysians of all races who voted for change, especially so when a far more sensitive topic – “Islam is not kleptocracy” – was proposed by Lim himself in July last year when he challenged Najib to a debate.
A debate between political giants is something rarely heard in our political theatre. The last time it happened was in 2008, when the BN government threw a lowly Cabinet member under the bus, pitting him against Anwar Ibrahim on live television.
Most times, we were given false build-ups to major political debates. Whether it was the famous 1980s Umno-PAS debate, the Nazri Aziz-Mahathir debate or the Nothing-2-Hide no-show, the cancellation was explained with a narrative that is similar to the one Lim has now offered.
Here was a chance to prove that a debate from two mudslinging politicians could take place in the new Malaysia.
Sadly, it’s off.
To Najib’s supporters, he may have scored some political points. Alas, it’s probably not the kind of thing a man who is facing years of prison needs.
The important thing to the rest of us is whether or not Lim has forfeited his right to target Najib again.
Abdar Rahman Koya is editor-in-chief of FMT.
Lim Kit Siang has more balls than Ah Mok will ever have.ReplyDelete
You are not qualified to call him Boe Hood.
By the same logic Jibby forfeited his right to target Toonsie back in 2017 when he failed to show up at the “Nothing to Hide” forum and some people created a ruckus at the forum too...so who Boh Hood...?ReplyDelete
Mahathir arrives, no trace of Najib at ‘Nothing to Hide’ forum
Faiz Zainudin - August 13, 2017
SHAH ALAM: Prime Minister Najib Razak did not show up at the Nothing to Hide forum which also features Dr Mahathir Mohamad, the chairman of PPBM and Pakatan Harapan (PH) this afternoon.
Although an invitation had been sent to his office, Najib was not present when the event started at 3.30pm.
Mahathir, 92, was alone on stage to address questions from the audience of about 500 on contentious issues that have been raised about both the Pakatan Harapan chairman and the prime minister.
Nothing to Hide 2.0 forum suspended after chaos at venue
Sunday, 13 Aug 2017
by akil yunus
SHAH ALAM: The Nothing To Hide 2.0 forum featuring a no-holds barred session with former premier Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had to be suspended after several individuals created a ruckus by throwing objects towards the stage.
The incident occurred midway through the session on Sunday, when Dr Mahathir was standing on stage and was answering a question on the 1985 Memali tragedy.
A bottle was suddenly seen being flung from the crowd towards the stage, and the hall erupted into chaos as chairs and flares were also thrown.
The session was immediately suspended and Dr Mahathir as well as other Opposition politicians attending the forum were quickly escorted out of the hall.
Two men, suspected to be among those who provoked the violence, have been arrested by police.
Toonsie TUA HOOD.....!!!!ReplyDelete
Nothing to Hide - 'Old man' Dr M dares 'young man' Najib again
Mar 22nd, 2018 (Updated Mar 22nd, 2018)
Dr Mahathir Mohamad has once again dared Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak to face him in a public debate.
The former premier claimed that Najib had dodged the two previous Nothing to Hide forums out of fear despite the latter being three decades younger than him.
“Yes. I will turn 93 in July. Yes. 93 is old. Najib need not fear me. But Najib is afraid. Afraid to debate with me,” he said in a blog posting this morning.
“YAB (Najib) is still young. Why fear debating with someone in his nineties. If you have nothing to hide, say it openly and this old man would try to prove how you hid all sorts of things,” he added.
Mahathir said the people could then judge whether it is the “old or young” who is concealing facts.
“Come with your top officials and young ministers. Bring experts from foreign countries, including Cambridge Analytica to whisper answers (in your ear) when you are unable to answer,” he added.
Mahathir, who is now the chairperson of Pakatan Harapan, said Najib (photo) could also quiz him on his record of being the prime minister for 22 years.
“Ask about the loss of billions by Bank Negara (in foreign exchange), Perwaja (Steel) and others. I won't bring experts. Just myself,” he added.
Mahathir also said he realises that he would not live for too long.
“I know I would go soon. But as long as there is life in my body, I would struggle for the race, religion and this beloved nation.
“With other patriots, I would try to save this nation from a kleptocrat. To Allah, I surrender myself,” he added.
Nothing to Hide 3.0 forum, Jibby with all the might, power and resources that the Prime Minister commands still afraid of a 93-year old man.ReplyDelete
So whose HOOD is bigger...?
Let's have 'Nothing to Hide 3', Mahathir dares Najib
Nov 3rd, 2017 (Updated Nov 3rd, 2017)
Dr Mahathir Mohamad has once again challenged Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak to face him in a public debate.
In a blog post this evening, the former premier reproduced excerpts of a Malaysiakini article which quoted Najib launching a veiled broadside against Mahathir. The latter provided a point-by-point rebuttal to the prime minister's remarks.
In the article, Najib, without naming Mahathir, had said that a particular leader was making himself available to any media organisation that was willing to listen so that he could spread fake news and tell lies about his country for selfish political gains.
To this, Mahathir demanded for Najib to prove that his statements were falsehoods and noted how the local media organisations were controlled by the government.
“The print and electronic media in Malaysia are controlled by the government. Even Parliament cannot discuss 1MDB and the RM2.6 billion in Najib's accounts. The Umno general assembly was instructed to be silent on these.
“Am I supposed to censor myself when asked by foreigners. I have been talking to foreigners throughout my life. Prove that what I say is fake. Let's have 'Nothing to Hide 3',” he said.
Najib had failed to turn up for the first “Nothing to Hide” forum in June 2015 after Mahathir gatecrashed the event at the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) in Kuala Lumpur.
However, the organiser later claimed that Najib was about to leave his house for the dialogue when the police asked him not to do so.
"The PM was about to leave his house... The police took over the event after informing us (of the cancellation). The police took over," said chief organiser Khairul Anwar Rahmat.
Whereas the second “Nothing to Hide” forum in August this year, where Mahathir once again invited Najib, witnessed a fracas erupting in the Shah Alam hall.
The event, which started at 3pm, descended into chaos at around 5.30pm when Mahathir was addressing the crowd.
mahathir biggest hood, nahib one smaller, lks none at all wakakaDelete
Sidewinder likes u DON'T even know yr own gender!Delete
& yet keep mourning yr decayed pet cat!
Tsk… tsk… can u REALLY under the 老祖宗的智慧 - Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
tell me how my conclusion is wrong? the only possibility i could overlook is lks still got a little bit hood, like a eunuch?Delete
wow u not only pimp prostitute, now so free eunuch oso do? what happened to yr 5g? u go pimp trump la, maybe got chance.
talking abt confucius, did yr dad ever taught u a superior man make demands upon himself, a small man make demands upon othres?Delete
lks ever question how ph dap n lge perform? all he could do is what a small man did, menhen. thank god he n his son r not chinese. malukan ancestor saja.
Good, since u have tied in Confucius.
Remember what he said about ghost/gods?
If an ordinary man can't even handle the daily happenstances confronting him/her WHY bother with the unknown superlatives? (敬鬼神而远之，敬之而不亲近之意。)
Right now, jibby is as good a ghost to be avoided. Hence, lks is wise to listen to multiples of suggestions to give him a miss in debating.
What's wrong in that?
Only syiok-sendiri bodoh sombong WOULD insist on that useless debate where jibby could very well playing the victimised melayu game to incite the blur-sotongs/ketuanan freaks/zombies.
Thus, is yr conclusion right, mfer?
Did yr dad ever teach u that? This is the PREREQUISITE for yr twisted understanding of "superior man make demands upon himself, a small man make demands upon othres"!
I strongly suggest u DON'T play with yr favourite game of 断章取义. U r not only a lousy wordsmith. U choose to quote what u like. Indeed a typical cunning hp6 sophist!
Whether lks/lgs r Chinese r up to them. None of my business. But the moment u do dirty-lining the Chinese wisdoms, U R MY TARGET!
U wouldn't be able to challenge me in ANYTHING Chinese, believe me, mfer.
Remember that before yr next fart!
zmf case settle? altantuya settle? everyone now can buy house? toll abolish? uec recognize? quota change to 5/5? etc etc x99. habuk pun tak ada lagi mahu brag, this i am not chinese dad n son no shame one kah?Delete
U have better solutions for those problems u mentioned?Delete
Or u just want to bragging about yr inconsequential self-righteousness?
Take yr pick lag & DON'T trying to divert - aka sidewinding yr way out!
Jibby went from "Nothing to Hide" to "Nothing to Lose".ReplyDelete
Remember the 16th International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC) in Putrajaya titled “Ending Impunity: People, Integrity, Action” (2-4 September 2015) and had successfully attracted over 1,000 delegates from 130 countries. Najib was supposed to deliver the keynote address but at the last minute withdrew and sent the mumbling and stumbling sacrificial lambs Paul Low and Abdul Wahid instead...?
Even when he was PM he was a coward.
The simple fact that Najib continues to provoke Lim, despite the cancellation of the debate, goes to show how frustrated the former premier is that the DAP adviser refused to swallow the hook, line and sinker. Calling the senior Lim as a “serial liar”, Najib said – “This is a debate, not a wrestling match. Why run?”
In reality, Najib should be the last person on the planet to call anyone a liar or a coward. He would probably claim that he can debate today, and not when he walked the corridors of power, because he is free now. In case he had forgotten, his cowardice was a well known fact and has become a joke in at least 130 countries since September 2015.
Nope, we’re not talking about the “Nothing to Hide 1.0” forum, dialogue or debate. We’re talking about the self-proclaimed Bugis warrior chickening out from the 16th International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC) in Putrajaya, the same federal administrative centre of Malaysia where the office of the then-PM Najib Razak was located.
Held from 2-4 Sept, 2015 the conference theme “Ending Impunity: People, Integrity, Action” had successfully attracted over 1,000 delegates from 130 countries. Najib was supposed to deliver his scheduled keynote address, meaning his schedule was pre-booked beforehand and he had the free time to attend the conference held in his backyard.
Yet, the coward quietly went into hiding (again) and sent two low ranking Ministers – Paul Low and Abdul Wahid – to shield him from potential humiliation by the international delegates. Perhaps Najib should explain why he did not use the opportunity to explain to the delegates from 130 countries that the US$681 million (RM2.6 billion) discovered in his account was a donation.
On the first day of the conference, the Transparency International chief Jose Ugaz wasted no time by grilling PM Najib over the US$700 million scandal, openly asking him to explain who paid the money, why, and what happened to it. Too bad Najib, the biggest coward, wasn’t as courageous back then as he is today. His strategy had been from “Cash is King” to “Hide is King”.
It’s hilarious that Najib Razak celebrates after only one debate rejection from Lim Kit Siang, when the same Najib had rejected dozens of debate challenges from Lim previously. There’s no honour in debating with a prisoner-in-waiting, especially one who is also a serial liar. Kit Siang did the right thing by refusing to argue with a crook. The crook will drag him down to his level.
As predicted, the debate is called off.ReplyDelete
An exercise to fulfill 2 persons big ego to remain relevant to their parties when their party members all "Boe Hood" to tell them to quit.
If the debate had proceeded, the only outcome in the end for LKS, if Apa Nak Malu goons do not create a riot at the venue, would be just lots of Hot Air but achieve nothing and he might even be accused of creating riots and mayhem again.
As for Ahjibkor, there are several possibilities to be achieved:
1. Raise a Keris and calling again for Chinese blood or issue threats of another May 13 incident and thus getting the whole public attention on National TV running amok again..
2. Creating a fight between Apa Nak Malu/UMNO goons and DAP supporters at the venue which will be triggered intentionally. If university students can get bashed up just for holding placards, what more when debates get heated and arguments arises and slurs are thrown at each other among their party members attending.
3. Making ongoing court cases or future cases linked to 1 MDB to be thrown out on technicalities due to it being claimed as Rule by media or public opinion towards accused.
So, LKS must be a fool to go on National TV to debate with a known Kleptocrat worldwide, a liar, a despot, an accused murderer and where he and his goons are over the past shown to be hell bent on formenting hatred, racial and religious conflicts.
So, the disappointed Malaysians ones are whom again? Must be those who failed to take advantage of a Nyanyok LKS after luring him into a Nationally televised debate to achieve their evil objectives.
How cowardly is MaluApa Bossku ? Let me count the ways, hehehehe :ReplyDelete
1.chickening out at "Nothing to Hide" forum 1
2.chickening out at "Nothing to Hide" forum 2
3.chickening out at "Nothing to Hide" forum 3
4.running away during the Al Jazeera's interview with reporter Mary Ann Jolly
5.chickening out from the 16th International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC) at Putrajaya
Would si bodek Ah Moc who gets his high inhaling MO1's toxic farts dare to read Financetwitter's slap on his dedak paymaster ?