Challenge to debate can backfire, PM Najib warns Anwar

(Bernama) – Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim should not be too hasty in challenging him to a debate because he had information which can cause the Opposition Leader to end up with a “fever”, if revealed during the debate.

Najib stressed that he was not afraid of engaging in a debate with Anwar, but it would only be a waste of time because of the lies the Anwar has been peddling, besides failing to keep his promises.

“Enough with the lies. So many promises unkept and now he wants to debate with me, it will just be a waste of time.

“I can debate him, I am not afraid, my ministers and I have all the information. Don’t try to challenge me, if I were to reveal everything, someone will end up with a fever,” he said when addressing a meet-the-people session with settlers of Felda Chemplak here Tuesday.

Najib said Anwar should be fulfilling his promises, like the formation of a new government on Sept 16 (2008) and solve his “personal problems” in the sodomy case, rather than be too eager to debate him on the Opposition’s 100-day plan.

“He was supposed to have formed a new government in Sept 2008, but has yet to do so. Now it is already 2011.

“We are waiting day by day but nothing has happened. He claimed that 30 MPs from Barisan Nasional would defect to the Opposition, but instead five of his MPs turned Independent.

“No need to debate, there are many things Anwar has not settled. It is not the Government that brought him to court, the one who lodged the police report was Saiful (Anwar’s former aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan),” Najib said.

He said Anwar need not concern himself that the debate was in the interest of the people, because Barisan would ensure the people’s well-being.

The Opposition’s 100-Day Plan contained nine objectives, including the management of the country, economy and education in the first 100 days if it were to come to power in the country.