Saturday, February 18, 2012
Debate of the titans 王者之辩
Today at 5:00 pm, many Malaysians, especially Chinese, were glued to TV for a first ever televised debate between the heads of two major political parties.
Chua Soi Lek(right), President of ruling coalition partner Malaysia Chinese Party (MCA) and Lim Guan Eng, Secretary General of opposition Democratic Action Party (DAP) debated on the theme " Chinese at a Crossroads. Is a two-party system becoming a two-race system".
Lim Guan Ying representing opponent and Chua Soi Lek is the proponent. The debate is in Mandarin.
It was an event simply can't afford to be missed.
The topic has been brought up regularly in the media. What was said during the debate had already been said many times over by the two debaters, so no surprise, no new revelation.
No winner or looser, both are skillful debaters and scored evenly on technicality.
However, they seemed to have distracted and strayed from the topic instead. They hit at each other, and spent more time on highlighting opponent's shortcomings and boasting of own successes. It was more like MCA vs DAP, not being focused on the debate subject.
A segment opened to the floor was really an disappointment and unnecessary. Audience' questions were simply out of focus and unrelated. They are partisan (mostly MCA supporters), asking why and what things not being done, ..... nothing concerning 2 party system.
Putting these aside, the debate is a historical event in Malaysia, and I personally think that it should be encouraged and would like to see more such debate on other subjects, and between other political parties. It is a good start, well done!
However, at the end of the debate, the question in people's mind is not about the pro and con of two party system, but " When is Najib Vs Anwar debate ?" (Prime minister Vs Opposition leader)
Malaysian politic is getting hotter !!